Take a trip to the "Moon" this week

Sam Rockwell in MOON
Sam Rockwell in MOON

This excellent little science fiction film is opening in three Los Angeles-area theatres this weekend: the Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino, the ArcLight Hollywood in Hollywood, and the AMC Century City 15 in Century City.

The story follows astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) who has been working alone on the¬†moon for three years, accompanied only by a computer (voiced by Kevin Spacey, giving HAL 9000’s Douglas Rain a run for his money). An intriguing plot twist brings Sam face to face with literally the last person he expected to meet on the Moon, resulting in some SOLARIS-style soul-searching.

MOON – which was written an directed by Duncan Jones – doesn’t have a big advertising budget behind it, nor a lot of slam-bang action a la the new STAR TREK feature, but it is probably the best piece of science fiction you will see this year.