Friday, April 10, 2009

Duncan Jones' Sci-Fi Thriller 'MOON'

Sony Picture Classics has debuted the first trailer for Director Duncan Jones' Moon, the brilliant indie sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell. Duncan Jones, (aka Zowie Bowie or Joey Bowie) is the son of David Bowie) and former ad exec turned filmmaker. Moon is his first feature film, after making a sci-fi short from 2000 called Whistle. The original story was written by Jones, and the screenplay was written by Nathan Parker. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it was bought by Sony Pictures Classics.

Director: Duncan Jones
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Rating: R (For language.)
Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller
Trailer: QuickTime
Moon stills: 24 stills

Nearing the end of a three-year contract with Lunar Industries, Sam Bell is counting the days until his return to Earth. The lone occupant of a lunar mining base, Sam monitors the tractors that harvest the moon’s surface for helium energy. Buoyed by sporadic transmissions from his wife and young daughter, he combats monotony and isolation by tending to plants, continuing his predecessor’s woodcraft project, and interacting with the station’s robotic computer, Gerty. But Sam is beginning to unravel mentally. After a hallucination causes him to crash his lunar rover, he wakes up in the sick bay and soon realizes that his life at the base is not what it seems. Moon is a refreshingly philosophical and ultimately touching indie inflection on a genre that too often loses sight of character and story amid the wizardry of its special effects. In confining the story to one man (and his robot), director Duncan Jones and writer Nathan Parker create an intimate and insightful character piece about memory and identity anchored by Sam Rockwell's perceptive performance; he brings out the heartache, contradictory emotions, and existential terror of a man gradually stripped of the most fundamental sense of who he is. So for all the creativity of its visual design and technology, Moon is less about outer than it is about inner space.

Moon will arrive in limited theaters starting on June 12th this year.


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