Trailerama: Moon

Sam Rockwell is one of those buried treasures. He does consistently good work in movies that are underseen (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and which sometimes don’t even deserve to be seen (Choke). Even when he’s not the main attraction, as in The Assassination of Jesse James …, he’s able to sketch a character or help hoist a scene into life in ways that lesser actors aren’t capable of. Decades from now, people will look back at his films and go, “Why wasn’t this guy huge?”

One of the answers may lie in the upcoming Moon, which is an insane project for anyone to take on. His astronaut has spent three years operating a moon quarry on his own. Plenty of opportunities, then, to go stir crazy. His principal interactions are with GERTY, a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey. He also speaks to his family via a video-phone. Then, just as his tenure is about to come to a close, Rockwell’s spaceman makes a discovery that suggests he’s not alone. Or is he?

What makes this insane is the burden put on Rockwell to carry the movie. Spacey’s computer is represented by a defiantly low-tech emoticon that smiles or grimaces depending on the situation. The wicked gleam that Rockwell can often get in his eye is gone–at least for a while. The astronaut Sam Bell is an everyman character, although the similarity between the actor and character’s names gives a hint at the kind of duplicity going on in the film. Director Duncan Jones–son of David “Major Tom” Bowie, fact fans–also appears to have really nailed the isolation and coldness of space, with not a few nods to the great metaphysical sci-fi films, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris. In his sophomore effort, Jones has somehow even managed to slip in a sex scene which, considering Rockwell’s isolation, isn’t what you’re thinking.

Moon opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 12. Nathan Parker wrote the screenplay from Jones’ original story. This is his first screenplay. The film was photographed by Gary Shaw and the original music is by former Pop Will Eat Itself member Clint Mansell, who also wrote the music for Requiem for a Dream.

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