(out of 5)

In the not-so-distant future, the majority of the Earth gets its energy source from helium-3, a substance mined on the dark side of the moon. The harvesting of this substance requires an elaborately computerized harvesting system but only one man to work it, hence why  has been on our satellite for almost three years completely alone. Two weeks before his shift is set to end and he can rejoin his wife and daughter back home, Rockwell begins to lose his focus: strange apparitions, physical instability, and overall poor health dog him until he suffers a terrible accident that requires home base to send in a rescue mission. His physical stasis is a complete mystery to him, but even more curious is the fact that there’s suddenly another person who looks and talks exactly like him living in his quarters. Duncan Jones makes a moody, atmospheric debut with this brainy science-fiction thriller, one obviously designed to pay tribute to the likes of Kubrick’s 2001 (particularly the HAL-like computer voiced by ) but also inspired by some of the darker literature in the genre that has been published over the decades. The look of the film couldn’t be better, and Rockwell is astoundingly good in multiple performances, but the film relies far too much on its own melancholy dread; I don’t need anyone to bust out laser guns and go the silly Hollywood route, but a little bit more excitement and fear, particularly to mine the psychological drama at play, would have made it more memorable.

Liberty Films, Xingu Films, Limelight Fund, Lunar Industries, Independent

United Kingdom, 2009

Directed by

Story by Duncan Jones, Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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