The film follows Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a solitary lunar employee who after three years of working on the moon, is about to return home to his loving wife and daughter. However...three years of solitary confinement is enough to drive any man crazy and gradually we get brief insights into his descending sanity.
A hallucination leads to a hugely consequential accident and the results of this are both exciting and horrifying at the same time.
Sam Rockwell does a wonderful job and goes a long way to making the film the success that it is. He delivers a performance which is engaging and believable, considering that he was the only actor on screen throughout the whole film, this says an awful lot.
The film is visually stunning; the landscapes of the moon contrast with the sterile, white interiors of the lunar base. The way in which Sam Rockwell interacts with his double on camera is technically awe inspiring. This was beyond a simple split screen or green screen job, the two character interact as though they were separate actors, allowing the audience to suspend disbelief and enter into the relationship wholeheartedly.
There is really so much to say about this film, but I do not want to spoil it for anybody else. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and it is a film I will have to watch again and again. I think the main point of interest for me was that the main plot points were not the hugely fantastical, sci-fi aspects, instead however, the main focus was on the reaction and interaction of the characters when faced with such situations.
This was a refreshing take on sci-fi, and one I enjoyed very much. Clever, thought-provoking and visually stunning.
Go enjoy this film if you can find it in a cinema near you.
Check out the cool film poster (right).
Let me know what you think!