Once in a while, a movie will stand out in my mind long after I've seen it. I saw Moon months ago, but I can still picture myself, sitting on the living room couch, frowning slightly at the television screen as I tried to figure out what, exactly was going on. You might think, reading this, that I didn't enjoy watching Duncan Jones' mesmerizing film. On the contrary, I loved it. It was confusing, yes, but it was so in the way that a carefully constructed puzzle or riddle is confusing at first and then, as you stick with it, as you concentrate and listen and watch, it becomes clear. And rewards you.
Moon is a mystery but it is also a science fiction film. Sam Bell, played by Sam Rockwell, works alone in a largely automated mining camp. His only companion--shades of 2001: A Space Odyssey--is a talking computer named GERTY and voiced by Kevin Spacey. It's a fairly simple situation, as far as sci-fi movies go--and things become more complicated only after Sam suffers an accident at the mine.
I won't tell you anything more of the story. I won't diminish your reward.
Moon is carefully constructed, the work of a patient filmmaker. Jones (son of David Bowie and formerly known as Zowie Bowie) demonstrates a maturity in his story telling that is sorely lacking in the works of many more experienced film makers. Moon is quiet, it builds slowly and with confidence, and it is imminently worth your time.
I am excited to have discovered an intriguing new voice in film. With Moon, that voice is little more than an insistent and important whisper, so far, but judging by the trailer for his next film, Source Code, Jones is quite willing and able to make himself heard.