Moon becomes a love letter to Kubrick’s 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. And to anyone who knows me well enough they will most definitely know that I’m a sucker for Kubrick movies. Of course, when I say that it is a love letter I mean because of the special effects and the level of realism and imagination put into the science fiction. The look of the machines and the environment that the movie breaths out. I know, you might not understand what I mean so let me start from the beginning.
Before getting into the actual movie Moon, let me first explain why it reminds me to such an old movie. So, back in 1968, Stanley Kubrick (very popular and controversial British movie director from the 20th century) made a movie that was so complicated, confusing and ahead of it’s time that it made anything by H. G. Wells child’s play when speaking about people ahead of their time. Now, this movie was not very well received by most of the public back then (at least that’s what I have read on different articles including a book called The Stanley Kubrick Archives) but it was critically acclaimed even being nominated to four Academy Awards and winning Best Visual Effects in 1969. The thing about this movie is that it became one of the strongest fundaments about Science Fiction, even if it wasn’t the first movie to try some of the things that it did, it still was the first movie to approach Sci-Fi the way that it did. What I mean with this is that most movies that follow an idea of space exploration or intergalactical spacecrafts got inspired out of this movie or a movie who got inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is strongly noticeable in movies like Interstellar by Christopher Nolan, The Martian, Gravity and Passengers. Now, back to the movie Moon, we see that it is no stranger to the knowledge of the existence of 2001: A Space Odyssey, specially since it was partially directed by an aspiring Stanley Kubrick of the 21st century. (Just not as visionary)
With that out of the way, what is this movie about? Well, it’s a movie completely based on the Moon (hint for why it’s called that way). Why the Moon? Well like the introduction of the movie explains, after the earth is going through great crisis because of air pollution and so, someone realizes that the most reliable resources of energy are the Moon’s rock surface that has been radiated by the sun for millions of years. With this in mind, why wouldn’t they take advantage of it? Well, they did. So the movie is based around one person (Sam Rockwell) and his A.I. companion Hal 9000… I mean, Gertie (If you know, you know) voiced by Kevin Spacey, and for most of the movie we pretty much only have them two and a few cameos of Sam’s wife in some recordings and so on.
This movie is very satisfying. This sounds like a good way of starting to praise it. What I mean is that, from the beginning we start to notice a few things about how it is made. First of all, they recreated a whole operation center, which means that we see the whole place where our protagonist lives for three years. This gives us a feeling of some kind of intention to respect the practical effects of recreating rooms instead of using mainly CGI. After that, we get a look at Sam’s job, which involves cruising around the moon collecting the generated energy to send it to the earth. The scenery is just beautiful, I’m not 100% sure if that’s what it would actually look like if you would look into space from the moon, but the feeling of being completely alone out there and not being able to go anywhere to feel a little less lonely is there, the existential loneliness. This gives the movie more credibility of what it would be like to have a lunar station, unlike other movies where they have full on cities (I’m looking at you Eddie Murphy).
So, this whole story wouldn’t be complete without giving it a little of patriotism and some good old family drama. But in this case, it fits it perfectly. I mean, why wouldn’t someone want to work on the moon completely alone (besides a talking computer with smiley faces) for three years with only getting some videos of your wife every once in a while. So, like I mentioned a little on another post (The Lighthouse) “loneliness brings people to madness.” Now, without giving away the very entertaining plot, Sam, our protagonist, is a few weeks away from finishing his three-year work on the moon’s surface. But he begins to have some visions and difficulties to see what is real. When he leaves the hub to collect the energy from the machines that collect the lunar’s radiation, he gets distracted and has an accident outside of the hub, where no one can see him and no one can help him. Alone.
Like you might know, this is the part where I begin with more spoilers, I don’t want you to get the plot twists spoiled so, I recommend everyone who hasn’t watched the movie to stop reading from here on.
Sam wakes up and there’s something odd about this. Literally a second ago he is outside almost dead and now he’s inside the hub with Gertie (like really, Kevin Spacey as Gertie is just too perfect) asking him questions and telling him that he had an accident. At this point I was not sure if it was a dream, or if maybe there is someone else out there who is helping and so on. But after a few minutes this one doubt came to me, “wait, so, Sam hit his head in the accident, and he doesn’t seem to have anything that would show it, no patch no anything, maybe the technology helped him heal faster. But, before, he burned his hand and he had been patched for a while already and now there is no patch. Wait, what if this is not actually Sam?” (and that is exactly how my brain works)
When it was revealed that Sam was a clone, and at the early stages of the movie, I had no idea what to think. I didn’t know what the plot would be about, I was confused. Not because of the plot or anything, I thought it was pretty straightforward, but because of what the point would be.
If you are reading this, I hope you already watched the movie, because I don’t want to get into much detail about the outcome of them finding about being clones. I want to go all the way to the end and mention the last scene in the movie. When Sam #2 escapes to earth we hear a few messages that come with his landing. “Lunar Industries stocks have slipped a further 32% after accusations” “Clone 6, the clone of Sam Bell, has been giving evidence at CAA’s board of Directors meeting in Seattle” “You know what? He’s one of two things, He’s a wacko or an illegal immigrant. Either way, they need to lock him up.” Here comes the whole political, moral and historical intention comes out. The reason why this movie was made, to prove a point. They made this big, beautiful project in order to say that the most common and popular hate target in history, corporations, are evil. I know, shocking, I have never thought of corporations as greedy, corrupt, with obsolete moral and who will do anything in order to make more money with the least possible expenses. (notice the sarcasm in this) I mean, I get it, they have the opportunity to say it, and yes, I have no doubt that corporations would do something like this if they could, and I get it, people are evil and would do anything to disprove the humanity of a clone if money was in between. But I just find it a little frustrating how much people complain about things that I am sure they wouldn’t be able to do better. I’m not justifying their methods or saying that corporations play clean, but I am saying that people think too much of themselves. They think that if something isn’t natural it automatically becomes something that goes against humanity, when in reality they have been living in a state where nothing is natural, everything is, if not genetically modified, a hybrid breed. There is very little natural in our world. Hate me if you want, but I will quote Machiavelli “The ends justify the means”. That’s how I want to finish this. It is a great movie but it does have its mistakes. It is beautifully produced for what is worth.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review. Tell me what you think about this movie? What was your reaction? Keep in mind that this was my opinion, so feel free to let me know what your opinion is.
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