Film, 2009

Moon is a solid throwback to a time when science fiction was more strongly associated with thoughtful introspection than mindless action. It’s lack of exposition and quaint but superior special effects set it apart and ahead of anything else you’re likely to be able to catch at the multiplex this summer, but Sam Rockwell’s absorbing double performance is probably going to be what people remember the most. I really appreciated the appropriately bleak and claustrophobic atmosphere, and although I wasn’t quite prepared for how intense and dramatic it is, I didn’t mind that either. I can understand some people’s slight dissatisfaction with the film; it’s not thrilling enough to be mindless entertainment and doesn’t have heavy enough themes to provide a real hearty mental meal. But everyone does seem to agree that it’s well worth your summer movie dollars. 4

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