Thursday, January 21, 2010

MOON (2009)

The set up for this movie is brilliant (even if it does borrow heavily from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, SOLARIS and even "Red Dwarf"): in the future a astronaut who's nearing the end of his 3 year tour working alone at a station on the far side of the moon starts to have strange visions and begins to think that he might not be alone. Now in the right hands, like say Stanley Kubrick or even David Lynch, that story could go in any number of mindblowingly awesome directions. Instead the writer and director of MOON pusses out and wastes the built-in tension of the story.

If you've seen the trailer you know (possible spoilers ahead) that the dude finds another copy of himself. Is he crazy? Is it an alien? Is it a clone? Who knows? But instead of going for the serious creep factor the robot just spills the beans at the 50 minute mark and after that the entire story is just junk! [SPOILERS!] I couldn't care less about a clone and his feelings. Fuck him. And I damn sure don't care if he escapes from the moon or not. Fuck him again. It doesn't even make sense from a business standpoint to give the clones memories and feelings! Just make a bunch of worker robots and have them running all over the moon doing all kinds of productive shit!

Aside from the retarded story, the acting by Sam Rockwell was good, but nothing special. Another things that bothered me is why did the music sound just like NIN's "La Mer" and "The Great Below"?  Worth watching if you're bored, but I found the entire thing very disappointing.
In space you bleed on the tissue before it even gets to your nose!