Our original science fiction series continues with Duncan Jones’ fascinating film debut from 2009, Moon. Made for a low budget, this entry into the science fiction genre showed that you didn’t need a $100 million budget to tell a science fiction story that makes you think while also being a great story. Sure, it has its problems, but it’s easy to forgive when it’s as fascinating to watch as Moon is. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about it on this week’s episode of The Next Reel. We talk about the low budget production of this film and what they were able to pull off to create a compelling piece of sci-fi. We chat about Sam Rockwell playing opposite Sam Rockwell, how well it works technologically-wise, how well he performs it, and what it means to the story. We delve into what the filmmakers are saying with this film and how well the message is pulled off. And we chat about the effects, both digital and physical, and how well they’re blended. It’s a great film, even with the issues that come up in Act 3, and one well worth talking about. Check it out!
Assorted Notes & Links
- Trance — trailer
- The Kings of Summer — trailer
- Thumbs & Ammo
- Andy’s short film Two Minutes, a spiritual prequel to Duncan Jones’ Source Code