I keep hearing that 2009 was an “epic year for movies,” but I’m not feeling it. It may have been an epic year for big-budget movies with expensive actors and unprecedented effects–but all of that does not an epic year make.
Rather, I’d characterize 2009 as the year you could find a few excellent, original movies among the mediocre and predictable if you bothered to look past the marketing. One movie in particular fitting that description will not be mentioned at this year’s Oscars, nor will its talented leading man, nor will its talented writers and director.
The movie is Moon, starring Sam Rockwell in a one-man performance that at the very least should have earned him a best actor nomination. The director is Duncan Jones, who also co-wrote the award-worthy original screenplay with Nathan Parker. The movie won the BAFTA award and was nominated for at least 15 other awards. But it won’t even warrant a glancing reference at the Oscars. Says a lot about the politically skewed nature of Hollywood’s biggest prize.
The only review I want to give here about Moon is…see it. Trailer below.