I recently saw a nice little movie called Moon.
It tells the story of a lone contractor at a lunar energy manufacturing plant. In the future some company has discovered how to make the far side of the moon into a plant where something called Helium 3 (H3) is collected and sent back to Earth. Each contract for the employee goes three years. It’s a long, lonely existence, especially since the satellite commlink to Earth has gone down and now only messages previously recorded are sent and received via a Jupiter commlink. (Much slower.)
The moon base has an HAL9000-esque robot called Gerty assigned to assist and protect the contractor. But when things start to fall apart and trouble all over the base crops up only two weeks before his return home, things begin to unravel. Is the contractor (Sam) going crazy? After an accident in a rover vehicle leaves him injured and with only vague memories of what happened, Sam decides to find out what’s really happening on the base.
And what he finds is a little creepy and very well told.
I really enjoyed the movie. I know most of you have either seen it or passed on it already. It’s got some nice psychological touches to it, even if things get a little predictable at times. The ending, though, I thought was terrific and well done.
So, if you’ve got room on your NetFlix list, give Moon a try. Very cool, with elements of both Sci-Fi and character-driven story.