It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife, Tess, and their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks.
I was quite looking forward to seeing this film, unfortunately it didn’t deliver. The premise itself is fairly simple and very well executed but there just wasn’t enough there to fill the time, this film should have been half the length. It almost feels like watching 2001 A Space Odyssey again which I think was probably some sort of homage by the director, another comparison might be space 1999 without the wobbly sets and visible strings.
This is a film I won’t be watching again but it is worth mentioning its redeeming features: There is the performance by Sam Rockwell which is brilliant, the phrase polishing a turd comes to mind but that would be a tad harsh, more like a diamond in the rough. And I suppose when you take into account the entire film has just one set and is based upon a single premise rather than a story its worth having at least a little admiration for the work done by Duncan Jones in his directorial debut.