Moon (2009)

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Moon (2009)

Post  BoG on Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:29 pm


Some time in the future, most of the energy provided to Earth comes from the moon. On the moon, there's a lot of mining being done, of helium-3. Much of it is automated, but there is one guy, one employee (Sam Rockwell). He's near the end of a 3-year contract as the only human at the moon base and is anxious to get back home to his family, a wife and little daughter. There's also an a.i. robot named Gertie (voiced by Kevin Spacey). This all seems to be a study of isolation and solitude, at least in the first 20 minutes or so. Then the man goes out in a rover and gets into an accident...
It turns out that
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the man who wakes up after the accident is not the same man who got into the accident. Nope, he's a clone; actually, they're both clones. The new clone goes out also and finds the old clone who was injured in the accident, bringing him back to the base. So there are two of them now, both initially confused, then gradually finding out what's what.  This is all a cost-cutting measure by the company that runs the operation; instead of paying 'real' employees to man the base, the company set up a secret large room in a lower level where all the clones are kept, each ready to be awakened by Gertie whenever a clone ends its 3-year lifespan.

I was skeptical about all this being an actual cost savings; I didn't think that
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the tech and manufacturing for all this cloning would be so inexpensive as to be cheaper than just paying one real guy to man the base.
As has been written elsewhere, however, this is a now rare 'hard science fiction' film in the 21st century, about ideas rather than flashy FX. It obviously shows the influence of some classic sf films like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Silent Running (1972), as far as the visuals and the robot tech, as examples.  It's probably not a film to rewatch over & over, but an initial viewing is intriguing. BoG's Score: 7 out of 10
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