Moon retrospective, spoiler-free.


I think there is enough praise for this film that I don’t need to spew my own upon it. All I can say is that it is everything I hoped for and much more. Some complained the trailer completely gave away the mystery of the film. If that was true, then this would be a very shallow film indeed. The plot points revealed in the trailer are covered in the first act of the film, and then we travel down the rabbit-hole, uncovering the mysteries of the film along with Sam Rockwell. Who, by the way, delivers in a big bad way. Aside from Choke, I haven’t really seen him in much, but his talent is revealed by this film. I wish I could discuss his performance more, but the spoiler-free nature of this doesn’t allow it. Suffice it to say, he better be getting an Oscar nomination for this.

Duncan Jones is one filmmaker I’ll be on the lookout for. I just hope he sticks to the relatively small films for awhile, focusing heavily on characters, which is what this film excels at. I mean, with only Rockwell and Spacey how could it not be about characters?

Clint Mansell. What can I say? The guy’s great at every score he composes. The repeating piano-motif is both haunting and beautiful. The soundtrack felt like a spiritual successor to The Fountain—no complaints there!


Try to catch it in theaters, but if not, watch it you must.


9 Responses to Moon retrospective, spoiler-free.

  1. David says:

    Glad to hear the details of the trailer don’t account for the whole tapestry. Seemed like a carbon of 2001 & Sunshine.

    RE: Mansell – hell yes.

  2. Taos says:

    Although I haven’t seen Sunshine, It definitely isn’t 2001; it surpasses 2001 in my opinion. It felt more like an amalgam of The Fountain (b/c of Mansell and other reasons) and The Prestige (b/c of the mystery of what is reality).

    Off-topic: looking back on recent sci-fi and film in general, 2006 was one heck of a year for movies. Superman Returns, The Departed, The Prestige, The Fountain, Casino Royale, Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth. /off topic

  3. David says:

    Heck yeah. Clerks 2, Brick… I really enjoyed 2006. Seems like most folks on film forums call it one of the worst in recent times. I think they just don’t know what to do with themselves if an objective masterpiece (like There Will Be Blood or No Country in ’07) doesn’t come down the pike.

    Then again, to be fair, most people don’t love The Science of Sleep as much as I do. And The Fountain and SR are both pretty damn divisive. For me, it seemed like a year where anytime popular opinion was near or at 50-50, I fell heavily on the ‘really liking’ it side (Stranger than Fiction, M:I:3).

  4. Taos says:

    Ditto to Stranger than Fiction and MI3.

    That was also the first year me and Chris got the apartment, and Andrew moved out as well. 2006 was one heck of a year. I don’t think i’ve had a year where I had more fun.

  5. David says:

    You’re right. That was a great year. Really, from then up until Nick moved out of his place on Sunset toward the end of ’07 marked a pretty fun period of my life. It also happened that I was sort of floating through school as though it hardly had any bearing on tomorrow; few worries. I’m hoping I’ll hit a similar stretch this fall whether I make it as far as Seoul or simply San Antone.

    One thing is for sure, Halo + Entourage will never be as epic.

  6. Taos says:

    Don’t forget Smash Bros.!

    BTW, have you caught season 5 of Entourage? I haven’t watched it yet; just wondering what you thought.

  7. David says:

    And Smash Bros.!

    Nope. I watched Season 4 (last summer I believe?). Suppose I’ll get around to S5 before too long.

  8. David says:

    May see this in Dallas, though I’m leaning toward Departures if I can choose only one. Expand our collective viewed content and such. Thinking I can swing both flicks, though.

    I’m also very interested by (500) Days of Summer. We shall see.

  9. Taos says:

    Departures looks decent, but I wouldn’t miss Moon on the big screen.

    500 Days of Summer looks fantastic. I’m sure you’ll be able to catch that rather easily at other theatres. Not too many playing Moon and probably even fewer playing Departures.

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