by Allan Fish
(UK 2009 97m) DVD1/2
The one and only…
p Trudie Styler, Stuart Fenegan d Duncan Jones w Nathan Parker story Duncan Jones ph Gary Shaw ed Nicholas Gaster m Clint Mansell art Tony Noble
Sam Rockwell (Sam Bell), Kevin Spacey (voice of GERTY), Dominique McEligott (Tess), Kaya Scodelario (Eve), Malcolm Stewart (technician), Robin Chalk (Sam Bell clone), Benedict Wong (Thompson), Matt Berry (Overmeyers),
Ask sci-fi nerds about the most anticipated film of 2009, you can safely say their most probable answer would be J.J.Abrams’ Star Trek which, they hoped, would reignite the dying franchise in much the same way as Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins brought life into the superhero saga. To be fair, Abrams did a fine job bringing the thing together, yet it remained a cheesy, knowing enterprise (excuse the pun) designed to rake in a lot of cash and impress in its dazzling special effects and action sequences. It cost $150 million and would take a lot more than that at the box office.
At the other end of the scale there is Duncan Jones’ Moon. Rather than a huge cast of wannabe Enterprise crew members, the cast is pretty much just one, aside from a few bit parts, all of which are either remembrances or video feeds on a monitor. It cost just $5 million and was made at Shepperton studios. Small beginnings, one might think, and yet here’s a film with more imagination, more ambition, and more going for it than all the eleven Star Trek films put together. A film aware of its heritage, shot on the same studio floors where, 40 years earlier, Kubrick had filmed 2001. There are references to 2001 throughout the film (the font on the video screens, even to a degree the design of the tunnels inside the moon base), as well as references to Silent Running and other cult sci-fi films of the seventies. And it was a heritage stretching to the genes, for Duncan Jones is none other than the son of one David Bowie, star of Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth and alter ego of Ziggy Stardust. Jones’ debut is, put simply, not only the greatest sci-fi film of its decade, but one of the greatest in a generation. (more…)