Man (and cloned man) on the Moon

6.19.2009

By Noah Michelson

In these final weeks of his contract abroad, Sam begins to experience cognitive glitches, lapses in memory, hallucinations, which are either a side effect of isolation, or something darker. Then, after Sam’s near-fatal crash with a drilling base on the moon’s surface, the façade of his existence begins to crumble as another Sam arrives on the base. Yes, we are talking about an honest-to-God clone here. But who exactly is the true Sam? Are they both clones? And if so, what would be left if everything “Sam” had worked for -- his family, his purpose -- had been fabricated by the company?

Jones is very clever to combine kitschy themes -- cloning, human-like robotics -- with a sinister plot of nihilistic corporatism. Paired with Sam Rockwell’s brilliant performance alongside himself, Moon is a triumphant homage that pats its space-junky viewers on the back, while also giving them an intriguing thriller that’s relatable and somewhat grounded.

-- MIKE BERLIN

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