Sam Rockwell (lonely), Kevin Spacey (a smiley face)

What's it about?
Sam Bell is an angry man. So he takes a job that removes him from all the things which might make him lose his rag. He decides to live on the moon - in a spaceship (obviously) - working for Lunar Industries, a corporation which harvests an extremely coveted substance, Helium 3, to provide 70 percent of the Earth's power. Creepy, yeah?

So he's up there for three years, missing his wife and child, and going crazy, one brain cell at a time. It isn't until two weeks before he's due to return home that he realises all is not well with his computer pal, Gerty (Kevin Spacey's voice) and the people at Lunar Industries.

Moon clip

Why we're excited?
It's the brainchild of first time director, Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son), and first time scriptwriter, Nathan Parker, so this sci-fi beauty is less likely to be a tired exploration of the already saturated genre. Critics are calling this the British triumph for sci-fi that Danny Boyle's Sunshine clearly wasn't.

And if you're tired of mental CG vehicular beasts and bad bots with a penchant for killing John Connor, this might be what you're looking for. Jones boasts that the use of CGI was not necessary, to make Moon, reminiscent of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, preferring instead to use modern miniatures for the majority of filming.

Interview with Director Duncan Jones

July 17