It took a marathon run down on memory lane to remember what the movie “Moon” reminded me of visually, but I found it. There was a TV series in the mid 70’s in the US called “Space:1999.” It was also shown a few year later in Hungary, when the number of my years lived was till in the single digits, under the title “Alfa holdbazis” (“Moonbase Alpha”). Moon, a British movie from last year, opens and ends with shots on/from the Moon’s surface which have an eerier resonance to the series 35 years ago. The look of the mostly sterile inside spaces of the moonbase also could have been shots with the props of Space:1999. These comparisons are based on my recollection of a show I haven’t seen in ages, and even when I did I watched it on a small black and white screen of a tiny TV compared to today’s standards. But that’s all I have my memories.
Which is more than what I can say about the hero and only character of this sci-fi. He, Sam, played by Sam Rockwell, has a false sense of identity, based on his memories. I say more about it would kill the surprise and suspense, that the movie slowly, very slowly builds up. His mission is important but boring: keep a mine operation going, so Earth’s power supply would be ensured. As a message it would be important: all of use has vital role, to keep Earth moving the right direction. But this message is overshadowed by horrors that awaits him on his trip to self-discovery. I hope that’s not what awaits all of us.
If you check out this movie, because you wanted to see Kevin Spacey, listed second in the credits, you will be disappointed. You can only hear him as the voice of GERTY, the computer that is clearly an homage to HAL in Space Odyssey 2001. He mastered the role of characters with passive or at least subdued voice in the past, e.g. K-PAX, so lending his voice to a computer wasn’t a big stretch. Here are some of GERTY’s typical utterances: “I hope life on Earth is everything you remember it to be.” “Sam, get some sleep. You’re very tired.”
I recall that right after I’ve seen the movies, which was over a month ago,I thought of it as a deeply philosophical movie. I am still sure it is, but at this point wouldn’t be able to summarize what I’ve learned from it. It’s time a for re-watch. It’s worth it, you may want to view it more than once too.
IMDB’s summary: Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.