Thursday, June 11, 2009
One of the more interesting films due to be released the summer of 2009 is a stirring, character-driven movie called Moon, staring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. Moon, directed by Duncan Jones, the son of the musician David Bowie, is a hardcore science fiction thriller about a lonely helium 3 miner ending a three year stint on the lunar surface.
In Moon, the movie, Sam Rockwell's character is named Sam Bell, the operator of a nearly totally automated helium 3 mining facility on the lunar surface later this century. Helium 3 is an isotope not found in nature on Earth and is deposited on the lunar surface by billions of years of solar wind. Helium 3 is thought by many to be the cleanest fuel for future fusion reactors and the future of Earth's energy salvation. Sam patrols the shadowed lunar surface in a rover created by the same U.K. model makers that crafted Alien’s spaceship Nostromo. As the plot unfolds, Sam’s robotic helper Gerty — voiced by Kevin Spacey, who does a near-perfect imitation of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 — begins to behave suspiciously.
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