Viewed – 23 April 2010  Blu-ray

I hadn’t heard much about this one, apart from mild rumblings of that it was good.  Yet after watching a You Tube review recently, it made me want to take a gamble and buy it – and hey, I’m a sucka for a good sci-fi movie!  Well, this one tells the simple story of an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) due to complete his three year mission on the moon, mining the planet for valuable minerals and generally reporting back to earth via computer communication.  His only company is a computer called Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey).  He sends and receives messages to his wife and young daughter, but suffers from loneliness and isolation that bring on hallucinations.

This incredibly effective movie has a strong central performance from Rockwell in a very demanding role and is shot with plenty of style and atmosphere but never feels like something out of a comic book.  As events transpire the movie opens up and reveals itself and I was left very impressed by the basic idea and imagination, and above all else, the genuine emotion on display.  This is probably a movie you will easily pass by, but I recommend you take a look, as it offers more than you might expect.

Verdict:  5 /5


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