Mutants and superheroes are a dime a dozen, but good old-fashioned sci-fi films are increasingly hard to come by. And that makes Moon (in theaters 6/12) a welcome departure from Hollywood’s increasingly effects-driven everyday.
Directed by Duncan Jones (a.k.a. David Bowie’s son, Zowie Bowie) and co-written by Nathan Parker (who is the son of British director Alan Parker), Moon depicts Sam Bell’s (Samuel Rockwell) lonely tenure on a faraway lunar station. A robot (voiced by Kevin Spacey) is his only companion; messages from his wife and daughter are delivered via satellite. And it isn’t long before space sickness — or something even more sinister — takes hold of his imagination. Jones turns out to be a sharp, unfussy director. But Rockwell — who is quietly turning into one of our most gifted and versatile actors — walks away with the film.
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