Sunday, February 21, 2010

Respect for Moon

There was a time a few years back when I would have thought that science fiction films were dead. I wasn't holding a funeral or anything, nor was I throwing a party. It just started to seem that post-Minority Report there just wasn't any more Sci-Fi that could be done.

It seemed like the themes about the future were covered, Alien themes were kind of no longer interesting, and movies like A.I. lasted just an hour too long. So long, Sci-Fi.

I was wrong, as I often am and 2009 proved rich with Sci-Fi including Star Trek, District 9, and Avatar.

One of the sci-fil films that received less buzz this past year is the independent film Moon directed by Duncan Jones and staring the under appreciated Sam Rockwell.

I will be honest, this film won't hit my top 10 list, but I do think it's one of the most intriguing films of last year.

If you are a person who can have even a moderate appreciation for 2001: A Space Odyssey and are looking for a little Sci-Fi love in your life, you have to see Moon.

Not only is the plot intriguing, Sam Rockwell's performance amazing, it's nice to see that genre films like sci-fi films don't have to be stuck in the world of insane budgets. It's hard to believe you can make a Hollywood film for $5 million dollars any more, let alone a sci-fi film.

Today director Duncan Jones won the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by A British Director, writer, or producer. I have to agree he deserves this award and I'm hopeful to see what he might be able to do with a slightly more padded budget and crew.


gur@israel said...

i went to cinema to watch avatar twice-not coz the story is so good, but to support the very idea of visual pictures on such level. and i doubt that topic of ailents will get unpopular soon)))

Loren Eaton said...

I. Must. Watch. Moon. Seriously, I keep hearing it's awesome. I've gotta clear some space for it.

On the other hand, I think I'd almost rather have abdominal surgery than watch Avatar.

Luke said...

It is rather amazing the budget they were able to keep to. And to top it off, it didn't look hokey - the set and the effects were actually quite good. Perhaps a bloated 200 mil budget isn't quite so necessary...