Written by Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker
Directed by Duncan Jones
Starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
A lone man works supporting automated hydrogen gathering devices at a moon base.
i highly enjoyed this movie. the subject of unoriginal plots has been coming up a lot for me lately so this was an excellent break of uniqueness. it mostly keeps the viewer guessing of which sci-fi plot has been ripped off here, and i was in suspense at the end. i will not say more because to talk about this movie may ruin it.
It's hard to write about this one. It is quite good. It is original, and while it was easy to figure out many of the elements of the story it wasn't until very near the end that the entire picture came into focus. The story continually takes old tropes of SciFi and turns them on their ears. Within the context of the story, everything makes sense, and it ekes along the line between SF and true SciFi.
Sam Rockwell was perfectly cast. He has just the right level of range
and talent to express the kinds of craziness inherent in a long-term
assignment with only a robot to keep him company. Similarly, Kevin
Spacey does everything possible as the voice of the robot.
Story-technically, this is right where it should be. Things move slowly in space and they act differently in microgravity. Everything in the environment where he works has a function; nothing is superfluous. Space suits are inherently clumsy, and vacuum doesn't happen immediately. Film-technically, this was complicated to film and it worked very well. Tension in close quarters, coupled with the instability of the Rockwell character, came together perfectly. Impatience is palpable in this presentation.