Despite being forgotten by most and being a lot more low budget than many of movies that have come out Moon is one of those little gems of great cinema that combines a fantastic script, a strong performance by its lead, some decent (and somewhat nostalgic) special effects and a brilliant music score making it, in my opinion, one of the best films from 2009. For starters theres the brilliant script which really gets you thinking covering many different themes such as large money hungry corporations, renewable energy, loneliness, the pros and cons of things like artificial intelligence and cloning all the while linking everything back to the Sci-Fi element and the existence of pretty much everything.
As many have said Moon is pretty much a one man show and Sam Rockwell is amazing at keeping you glued to the screens with the complexicities of his character(s) who you soon start to feel attached to as a result. As well as Rockwell there are a couple of well known faces who add their talents to the movie, the equally brilliant Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) is amongst them adding his very recognisable voice talents to the proceedings. In addition there is also the classic effects work that Moon provides, choosing to use a lot of models instead of overused computer generated imagery to get some of the unfilmable sets across and despite the fact that sometimes you can tell they are using models the whole thing is done brilliantly and for older viewers it will certainly be slightly nostalgic of the special effects from classic TV series and movies from yesteryear. These effects are also not shoehorned in to make up for a lack of story which was also nice to see. Finally theres the magnificent soundtrack from Clint Mansell which is mysterious, eerie, saddening but has that added layer of hopefulness about it and on many occasions throughout the film it really helps set the tone for the viewer.
All in all this is a fantastic little British (and yes it was British for a change!) film that seems to have been forgotten by most which is sad as there is clearly a lot of talent with the team behind the film as is evident by the fantastic display they put up on the screen. I do get the feeling however that its audience are more likely those that prefer a good story and strong acting (as opposed to those that will watch a film solely for the action etc) or an older target audience, yet that being said I would urge anyone to buy and watch this film because it is one of the best of British cinema and one of the better films from 2009.