This is Ron Salfen, “At The
Movies,” and here’s my review of “Moon,” a film now showing in
Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwall) has
been aboard the space station on the moon for three years now, by himself.The technology is very important;the captured solar energy is rocketed back to earth, and he receives
regular communication from his wife, though because of a system malfunction,
it’s only a video;it’s not
a conversation.He misses her
terribly.He sends her videos
back, telling her how very much he is looking forward to being with her, and
seeing their little girl again.She’s
still a toddler, so she doesn’t even remember her Dad, a gut-wrenching
fact that makes him even more eager for those final three weeks to pass,
when he can finally enter the capsule for the three-day return to earth.Sometimes he gets a little stir-crazy.He goes out in the land rover vehicle on the barren moonscape, even
when he doesn’t need to, just to get out for a while.
His only companion is the computer he
calls “Gerty” (the maddeningly calm voice of Kevin Spacey), which, of
course, is quite capable of complex thinking, but just doesn’t understand
irrational emotionality like frustration, or anger, or disappointment, or
depression, or lust, even.Yes,
the dynamics are reminiscent of HAL in “2001:A Space Odyssey,” or even Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” series.But we’re right there with Sam Bell, as he exercises on the
treadmill, fantasizes about his wife (or is it someone else?), tells “the
company” representatives, via satellite, that a three-year term is just
entirely too long for anybody, a complaint which they listen to
solicitously, even unctuously, then proceed to ignore.Sam Rockwell only thinks he is about to jump out of his skin now;wait until he has a little accident in the Rover and finds himself
back in the infirmary-----what happened?How did he get here?Who’s
holding down the fort?
This unusual movie, though small in
scope, really fires the imagination, and takes the viewer immediately inside
the mind of the weary astronaut (“Ground Control To Major Tom”).To even say there’s a plot surprise is to give away that there is
one----but you knew that already, didn’t you?
This is Ron Salfen, “At the
Movies,” for 93.5 KICK-FM.