I still remember going to the Metro Theater back in the summer of 2009 with my brother, not exactly knowing what I was about to see or even hardly the basic plot. But Moon proved to be one of the best science-fiction films of the last decade. Directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie), who would go on to direct Source Code in 2011, Moon is essentially Sam Rockwell’s show, and he certainly delivers on his performance. Aside from a few different webcam shots of various people, and the quirky robot GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), all we get is Sam Rockwell and even more Sam Rockwell. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, a man on a three year contract maintaining the Moon base of an operation that collects rocks from the dark side of the Moon that have been discovered to be sufficient sources of fuel and sends them back to Earth as a means to cut back on its dwindling resources. One day an accident occurs and Sam wakes up to find that he isn’t necessarily alone on the Moon. What follows is a tour-de-force performance from Rockwell, and a truly original story the likes that haven’t been seen before. If you are looking for a sci-fi fix this week, this movie will do it for you. It’s smart, creative, and even raises a few questions that aren’t easily answered. Unfortunately it is not available for streaming on Netflix, but you can rent it on Amazon for $4. Hell, if you pay twice that you can own this sci-fi gem for good.

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