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For god's sake, people, go see this while you can - it's in as wide a release as it's going to get, which means you'll have to go over to the indie-film art house in your city to see it.

Go. Now. Go see it. Now. I mean now.

This is an absolutely staggering addition to the short list of truly classic sf movies - and I'm talking The Day the Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, 2001 and Blade Runner for starters. Written and directed by Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie, David Jones'... er, Bowie's son) and essentially a one-man show starring Sam Rockwell in what is sure to be his breakout role... it is the absolute antithesis of the tidal wave of mega-CGI crap overwhelming screens this summer.

Small, spare, smooth and seamless from beginning to end, and if there's a lick of CGI in it I don't know where it is. Wonderfully realistic lunar travel sequences that would fit right into 2001.

I can't say much more about it without spoiling things, as the plot evolves quickly - but I can say that it does continue to evolve past the 'big revelation' and you soon realize that what would be the climax in a lesser film is merely the end of the first act.

Very intense in spots and played to a very intelligent and perceptive audience. Bring your brain. Bring extra applause. And get in line for whatever film Rockwell is signed for after this date.

Spoiler thread to come soon - there are two or three things that deserve detailed discussion.

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Hmm. I wasn't nearly as enthusiastic about it as you are. I really wanted it to be superb; I've been longing for a good, believable scifi movie since Serenity. But "bring your brain"? I have three words for you: Earth-normal gravity.

I really do hope this is the breakout role for Sam Rockwell. He did a terrific job with what I consider to be less than stellar material. Still, I want this movie to succeed enough that producers and directors greenlight more good scifi.

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DanHenderson wrote:
I have three words for you: Earth-normal gravity.

Name one film, of any length or budget, that didn't cheat on this. I suppose you disliked 2001 because the liquid went back down the straw? :)

They did a good job of establishing lunar gravity in key scenes, mostly the outdoor work - the lunar dust from the harvesters was excellent. Ten times the budget wouldn't have let them do it in every interior scene. I noticed but can live with it.

This is one of the reasons the other Moon - MIAHM - is a decade away from film at best. The low gravity is key to nearly every scene and the budget to portray it doesn't exist.

Like Cameron's current project, Avatar - he wanted to tackle this right after Titanic, but it would have taken a $500M budget to do an inferior job. He had to wait for the technology to catch up. Ditto for portrayal of alternate gravity fields in a continual, realistic manner.

Anyway, as for "bring your brain" I meant the script. They resolutely failed to stop and explain anything, like the launcher, the airlock operation, and especially what was happening to Sam later in the film. I love a film that assumes you're intelligent enough to work it out and gets on with telling the story. I've sat through too many lately that had to stop and explain the dimension-buster valve.

There are two or three complete MacGuffins in the story, but we'll roll eyes at them in a spoiler thread.


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JamesGifford wrote:
DanHenderson wrote:
I have three words for you: Earth-normal gravity.

Name one film, of any length or budget, that didn't cheat on this.

Oh, absolutely! It did get in the way for me in Moon, at least initially, though I don't remember minding in other scifi movies I've really liked. And thanks for the explanation of what you meant by "bring your brain"; I didn't get it at first. I typically don't mind having things tied up in a neat package for me, though I can appreciate both styles.

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Read a reply in a movie critic blog today:

"'Go see Moon instead'? You know, it's easier to LAND on the moon than fiind a showing of it!"


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