Sam Bell (played by Sam Rockwell) lives at Selene, a collection station on the far side of the moon. Sam operates the Lunar Industries station that mines clean energy Helium 3 and sends it back for use on Earth. He is counting down the days of his final three weeks here on Selene, as he readies himself for his return to Earth. After a three year posting, he is keen to see his wife Tess (by Dominique McElligott) and his daughter Eve (by Rosie Shaw and Kaya Scodelario) when he gets back home. Selene is a one-man operation, so Sam’s only interaction is with his over-protective caretaker robo-computer, GERTY (by Kevin Spacey). He knows he’s been there too long – he’s starting to hallucinate. One day while he is out of the station, he crashes the harvester and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to, he’s back in the station infirmary, but things aren’t quite the same now … is this really happening, or is he just hallucinating even more?
This is thought provoking sci-fi. There are few special effects, but the fascination is in the ideas it explores … the relative passage of time, human experience, humanity existing alongside technology, memory, clones and the effect of isolation. This is Duncan Jones’ feature film debut and he has done well. I understand that Jones is the son of David Bowie. He has made an interesting piece where Sam Rockwell often plays scenes with himself, or with the voice of Kevin Spacey as the curious GERTY. The isolation is depicted well and the moon environment is just as you would expect it. There is no sign of super-special effects here, it’s more about the notions than the visuals. Yes, it is quite well done – a marvellous first movie.
Made in 2009. Directed by Duncan Jones