A well-made addition into the sci-fi scene, Duncan Jones' debut film combines his love of classic 1970s sci-fi pieces (notably 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris) and crafts an emotive, involving and satisfying piece of cinema.
Helpfully anchored by leading man Sam Rockwell's absorbing performance as lunar worker Sam Bell. Nearing the end of a solo 3 year stint mining and with only the central computer GERTY (Kevin Spacey) he is almost home. However, with only 3 weeks left an unexpected discovery will suddenly challenge his reality and perception of himself.
Exploring solid sci-fi concepts such as humanity, identity, technology the overall film satisfies thanks to it's minimalist approach, concentrating on Sam and his journey and letting the ideas mill around in the background for the viewer to take in on their own. Overall, while the 'truth' may not be quite as twisty or unexpected for seasoned sci-fi fans as perhaps some publicity would have you believe it's nontheless effective.
For a low budget film the effects are very well done - clearly models, but models of the highest quality and carefully shot, and lack of CGI is refreshing. And it's the ideas that matter more anyway.
Recommended for both the avid sci-fi fan and those who like something different once in a while.