AS MOST film distributors run scared as the Harry Potter juggernaut looks set to steamroller the opposition for another year, there is just one other major release hitting the silver screen.
David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, makes an auspicious directorial début with this haunting, sci-fi drama penned by Nathan Parker.
Traversing similar terrain to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jones dons his moon boots for a haunting meditation on alienation and solitude set on the moon.
Despite an incredibly tight budget, he creates a mesmerising, retro-futuristic film, augmented with realistic visual effects.
The film is set in the near future when Earth’s natural resources have been dangerously depleted and mankind searches the heavens for salvation.
The action rarely strays from the moon-base setting and the talented Sam Rockwell carries the film almost single-handed as Lunar Industries employee Sam Bell, overseeing the harvesting of the Helium-3 isotope which has become our primary fuel source.
A star turn from Kevin Spacey’s voice, as resident computer GERTY, recalls HAL from Space Odyssey.
After Sam suffers memory loss, he is further confused when a clone of himself arrives to complete the same three-year mission.
STAR RATING: ***