What is the first thing I think of when I hear Sam Rockwell in space? Honestly, I think of “Galaxy Quest” with his memorable lines such as “There’s a red…thingy coming towards the green…thingy. I think we’re the green thingy”. For others, they may recognize him more for his role in “Moon” as Sam Bell.
On the dark side of the moon, Sam has been working as an astronaut for the past three years. There, he collects the power of the sun, and shoots it back to earth for an efficient source of power. After an accident leaves him in critical condition, he finds out his space station has been taken over by a clone of himself which seemed to come out of thin air. Soon the two Sams realize the three year contract they had with Earth was null and void, and they were nothing but guinea pigs to the system, each time being reborn without any memory of the past three years. Quite an effective plan if the two clones hadn’t ran into each other. So together, they must find a way to overthrow the repetition and return to Earth where they belong.
This is yet another one of those films that I am surprised I have never seen, let alone heard of. The story is unique, a majority of which I have never seen before, other than the obvious nod to HAL in “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The whole idea of clones being used for someone elses purpose has been used before, most notably for me in “The Island”. The use in question was different, so how I view both movies differ completely.
I believe Sam Rockwell did a great job at performing his character, and that only he could have done the role the way he did. For movies that really only star one person throughout the entire movie, the actor has a huge responsibility to carry the movie, in which I believe Sam did this time around. However, I don’t think I’m confidant enough to say his performance deserved an Oscar. It was very good, but I am incredibly picky and very good needs to be perfect in order for me to say an Oscar is deserved.
All in all, sci-fi films tend to be a difficult genre for me to review. Sometimes they are off the way amazing (don’t ask me what “off the way” means), some blow your mind , some are weird, some are stupid…the list goes on and on. I liked the look of the movie, the acting, and the buildup of mystery as to what was happening in that base. I had a lot of fun watching it, and I am glad I did, but at the same time if I never saw it again I doubt I’d really think twice about it.
No matter what, I’m glad I was told about the movie and was told to watch it. There aren’t many, but there are some movies that I’m shocked to find out I’ve never heard about. So that’s that.