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Watched Moon. Written and directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son if you didn't know that already) and starring Sam Rockwell. Rockwell plays an astronaut, Sam Bell, who is working alone on the dark side of the moon maintaining a fleet of harvesters. While away from the base maintaining the harvesters he has an accident and is both hurt and knocked unconscious. He manages to get back to the base where a surprise is waiting, and so the story unfolds. Moon hails back to those character driven science fiction stories of the 70s, such as Silent Running, where story is king, things are weird, and special effects are minimal. Rockwell is at his best and playing a complex role, with Kevin Spacey voicing a HAL-like computer that emotes by... well, emoticons. The only part of the film that I found a bit odd was when Bell returns to the base and encounters his double. Whether bad direction, writing or acting, Rockwell just doesn't seem to be reacting in an expected way. Only caveat to that is presumably it's hard to predict how you would act when meeting yourself. Only other complaint is it is a bit slow in places, perhaps inevitable with the story. Even so it's a fab film, and a rare bit of intelligent science fiction. 4/5 (Good)
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