Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has been working on a lunar base for 3 years. Only accompanied by a robot called Gerty (Kevin Spacey) and video tapes of his wife, Sam has become fed up of working on the station. But, with only two weeks left of his service, Sam is ready to get back home. Yet, when a crash leaves Sam injured, he finds that the base isn't what he thought it was at all.
Moon is great example of a solid sci-fi concept. Harmoniously bringing together elements fro Solaris, 2001: A Space odyssey and Bladerunner, Douglas Adams showcases his talent for direction. That being said, while watching I kept thinking of Solaris. Much like the visions both Sam and Kris have, the visions of the 1972 Tarkovsky classic kept swimming around in my head. It would be wrong to compare them since they don't have much connection aside from a few plot similarities. Instead, Solaris proved to me that Moon was an entertaining sci-fi film but not much more.
While Solaris delves into art, identity and a sense of sickening loss, Moon touches on these subjects, using them as story beats rather than genuine comments about life. That isn't to say those story beats are phoney; they are less rich than the themes in Solaris. Moon is certainly more digestible than the aforementioned, but it doesn't achieve that etherial goal that great sci fi achieves. That being the evolution from sci-fi to something psychoanalytical or anthropological.