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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review: Moon

I heard all sorts of things about Moon over the last year or two, and deliberately kept myself spoiler free until I found some time to watch it, and what a worthwhile 93 minutes it was!

The premise of the movie is that mankind has developed a usable fusion process that requires helium 3 from the dark side of the moon. All action in the movie itself happens on the moon base that processes and ships helium 3 back to Earth. The movie quickly establishes what normal routine is in the base, and then quickly dives into the plot involving the lone operator of the base, Sam Bell. He's not alone, however, and has a robot assistant, the Gerty 3000, which is used to excellent effect in the movie, constantly confounding audience expectations.

To say more than this will spoil the plot (in fact, you are advised not to even read the Amazon.com reviews). Suffice to say the mystery is interesting and fair (you could figure it out with all the clues), and the resolution satisfying. Highly recommended. While the movie is rated R, as far as I can tell the only reason it got the "R" was for a very innocuous shower scene with Sam Rockwell (shot entirely from the back).

2 comments:

ArC said...

I don't remember details, but it could well have been for language. (and usually movies facing just a couple of words between them and a more market-friendly PG rating might just make the compromise, but they might well have decided it wouldn't be worth it.)

Tom Galloway said...

"from the dark side of the Moon"

Arrgh! I expect better from you! This is a pet peeve of mine. While it was a great album title, almost any other reference to Luna's "dark side" really means "far side".

Luna rotates, so while half of it at any moment is its "dark side", there's no part of it, other than the bottom of deep, sheltered/shadowed, craters that never has sunlight. In the dark on the Lunar surface? Wait a few Earth days and it'll be daylight.

On the other hand, its rotation period and its revolution around the Earth period are such that just a bit less than 50% of the lunar surface can never be seen from Earth. That's the far side of the Moon, which would require a communication satellite in orbit around the Moon to be able to communicate from there to Earth (or a series of ground relays), and which we'd never seen until spacecraft started orbiting the Moon. Far side, not dark side.