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New Zealand Film Festival Spotlight - Moon

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Julie Gray
Julie Gray

The New Zealand Film Festival is just around the corner and for any hardcore movie fans, the NZFF is definitely an event you should do your best to attend. I've been attending the NZFF for a few years now and I'm happy to say that although this year's list of movies on offer isn't as tantalising as the year before (for me, at least), there is still a great selection of movies from various genres that I'm extremely keen to see. Moon is one of them.

I first heard about this movie via the usual channels online and became instantly interested after discovering that Sam Rockwell was playing the lead role. Also a fan of sci-fi and thrillers, Moon will be a must-see at this year's festival.

The synopsis (as taken from IMDb):

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his contract with Lunar. He has been a faithful employee for three long years. His home has been Selene, a moon base where he has spent his days alone, mining Helium-3. The precious gas holds the key to reversing the Earth's energy crisis.

Isolated, determined, and steadfast, Sam has followed the rulebook obediently, and his time on the moon has been enlightening, but uneventful. The solitude has given him time to reflect on the mistakes of his past and to work on his raging temper. He does his job mechanically and spends most of his available time dreaming of his imminent return to Earth, to his wife, young daughter and an early retirement.

But two weeks shy of his departure from Selene, Sam starts seeing things, hearing things, and feeling strange. And, when a routine extraction goes horribly wrong, he discovers that Lunar have their own plans for replacing him and that the new recruit is eerily familiar.

Before he can return to Earth, Sam has to confront himself and the discovery that the life he has created may not be his own. It's more than his contract that is set to expire.

Check out the trailer. Moon will be featured at this year's NZFF. You can visit the NZFF website here.


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