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MOON - Movie Review
My sorta review....
So, the film "Moon" that came out in 2009 is a very strange film. Now that I got "that out of the way." ha
This film was awarded "Official Entry" Award at the Sundance film festival in 2009. Now the reason I'm writing about this film in particular is so that some of you do not miss it!! If you are a science fiction fan or love writers in that genre, this is a must see! I have always been a huge Asimov and Bradbury fan since I was a child and this film is so cool in a simple but "twisted" way. Another reason I'm mentioning this film is it is one of my favorite films of all time and this raises an important question that I have just asked myself, "Are you ok?"
The other question I have is why do some films get nominated for Oscars and some do not even get noticed? I just happened to see this film when I was roaming by the Blockbuster display. Something drew me to it and I'm guessing that it reminded me of something I was obsessed about when I was younger, like the first landing on the moon. I actually own the first ever press kit complete with photo's of this big event. It was given to me by a teacher a very long time ago and it is very cool and one of my favorite things. This goes along with a mandolin that I purchased many years ago in an old antique shop that came with pictures and memorabilia of all of the performances it was used at for 50 years. How cool is that? Ok, I cherish quite a few things, but the point is that we all value things that mean something to us and this is what makes the world go round.
Without ruining the story line, the lead actor Sam Rockwell is so amazing in this role. I found out that the film was actually written for him by the Director Duncan Jones which is actually a different version name for David Bowie's son (short for Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones). This film was made for only $5 million dollars which is amazing for a sci-fi film of this sort. After you see the film, please check out the credits and the actors. Something will surprise you like it surprised me. The hint here is the word "actor's."
The main point of this movie is it is a bit old fashioned in this world of filmmaking and this makes it captivating. I do understand why Duncan Jones would use another version of his name professionally especially when he is making a movie entitled "Moon." The critics would have said things like "Major Tom To Ground Control." All kidding aside, I have heard that Duncan Jones will be coming out with a much bigger film with a much bigger budget soon. I can't wait and I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.
This is where I defend the offspring of famous people. I was actually married to one in my early twenties and I saw firsthand what a difficult position it is to be born in. People are always comparing you to your famous parent. Hollywood is brutal and reviews could be lethal to someone who is trying to make their own mark in the same industry or any other one that critics take their part in. I always like to see offspring come out with something truly amazing or a performance that knocks peoples socks off. I'm always rooting for the "under dog" even if they grew up wealthy or priveledged because I can just imagine what their inner struggles are really like. Especially the pressure they are under by just being "born" to a famous person.
So, let me remind you if you want a "feel good" film, this is definitely NOT the one for you. This is a strange journey with a fantastic performance that carries the film.