With director Duncan Jones preparing to make his debut in the world of big-budget Hollywood production with his upcoming film 'Source Code,' why not take a look back at the little indie that got him here? Just about two years ago, Jones showed off his writing and directorial chops with his very first feature, 'Moon.' The film only pulled in about $9.8 million at the worldwide box office on a supposed $5 million budget, but made enough of an impression on critics, moviegoers and the folks over at Summit Entertainment, to secure Jones another gig.
'Moon' stars Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, an employee of Lunar Industries wrapping up a three-year contract harvesting helium-3 on the moon. The gig is a one-man operation, so Sam is by his lonesome except for the base's computer host, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). As Sam readies himself to call it quits in outer space and head home to reunite with his beautiful wife and child on earth, some strange occurrences divert his attentions.
Soon enough, Sam discovers he's no longer the sole harvester at the station. Sam is there, too. Yes, there are two Sams aboard the Sarang lunar base and both are certainly caught off guard by the other's presence. Ever wonder what would happen if you had a twin or if you met yourself? Well, this might be one of the most honest and enjoyable big-screen representations of just that. This moment pops up a little way into Sam and Sam's relationship, but beautifully highlights the dynamic between the two as well as their dire situation. It's a mere 42 seconds of the film, but if you're looking for a sample of what Jones and, more so Rockwell, have to offer in this unique sci-fi experience, this is it.
See the clip for yourself below.
Now, the question: Does Jones achieve a similar success with his new leading man, Jake Gyllenhaal, in 'Source Code?' Or better yet, does more money mean a higher quality product? Jones has certainly set himself some high standards to beat. For more, check out our 'Source Code' review.