9 October 2017


  • Director: Duncan Jones
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey (voice), Dominique McElligot
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Sam Rockwell – Frost/Nixon, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Green Mile, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Dominique McElligot – Not Fade Away
    • Kevin Spacey – The Life of David Gale, The United States of Leland, The Shipping News, Pay It Forward, American Beauty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, L.A. Confidential, Seven, The Usual Suspects, Glengarry Glen Ross, Working Girl
  • Why? Liked it the first time
  • Seen: Once before. Now 1 October 2017      

       Sam Bell (Rockwell) has a three-year-contract on a lunar mining base. He’s alone with the kind and understanding computer/robot Gerty (Spacey’s voice) to talk to. He has two weeks left and he’s very edgy. His communication with his wife on Earth is one-way because the communications tower is not functioning.
       He putters about. Time passes slowly. Strange things start happening. Hallucinations or…? Accidents, Gerty becoming evasive…
       Then he discovers an injured man by one of the mines. It seems to be…Sam Bell. There are two of them. One has been there a week. The other, three years minus the two weeks. The new one tells the old one they are clones. The new one tells the old one he’s not going home, his wife isn’t still there, and they probably aren’t the only two clones on the base. The company uses clones because it’s cheaper than training new workers.
       It’s sad, suspenseful, imaginative, believable, disturbing. It’s a quiet gem of a film.

4 * of 5  

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