@cloudnineboya: Really? I liked him a lot in it. My favorite film of his is Michael Clayton, though probably only due to the atmosphere of the film. He plays a character that suits him well too I believe.
I very rarely go to the movies, but I don't think I've even heard of Moon until just now.
I only saw Moon on TV, more than once. It wasn't in theaters near me I don't believe, and I too don't go to movies much, though that was merely due to not having the money since I didn't have a job, but now I do, and I'll probably stick to seeing... Well, sci-fi films that interest me, unless my brother or a friend wants to go see something. If you're into sci-fi, you should definitely see Moon.
I think the best sci-fi is the stuff that gets me thinking the most.
I could not stop thinking and talking about Moon for weeks after I saw it.
Gravity is also sensational, but in a different way. I'd argue that as an experience, it is superior. But as a piece for discussion, it trails significantly behind Moon.
Both movies also star one actor. Sandra Bullock was very good in Gravity, but Sam Rockwell killed it in Moon. He is so, so damn good. I'm expecting Sandra Bullock will get some Oscar attention for her work in Gravity, which is deserved, but it'll probably remind me that I was bummed that Rockwell was snubbed for his work in Moon.
The world needs more Sam Rockwell! (irony)
moon grew the fuck on me after seeing it. source code was kinda weak in comparison. unfortunately still need to see gravity so i will abstain, but moon was pretty fucking fantastic.
kevin spacey should only be allowed to do a.i. voices from now on.
Moon was great... but I didn't really care all that much for the guy and when the big reveal happened about him being a clone all I thought was "yeah, that's how these movies go". I really liked it, but it had it's flaws.
Gravity made me feel sick sometimes with dread. The constant threat of death was relentless and the lengths she goes to survive kept me engaged. I cared more about Ryan from Gravity than the guy from Moon whose name I can't remember.
I still think Moon is brilliant, but I just think Gravity is better all round.
And Niel deGrasse Tyson can piss off if he thinks the only reason to watch a sci-fi movie is for the science. He comes across so pretentious sometimes.
Moon was a visually striking and thematically rich film with an incredible score. The cast is rock solid (Rockwell really brings his A-game and Spacey is good). The story might be a bit predictable if you're genre savvy, but the execution of Moon is magnificent. Just a wonderfully executed little science fiction movie.
I haven't seen Gravity yet, but I've heard good and bad. I like the concept of it, but the characters are apparently the weakest part of the film (not to say the performances are, just the characters themselves). If that's the case and we spend 90 minutes to two hours with them, I can see the charm of the visual effects and what not wearing off fairly early. I'll probably see Gravity, but I'm not sure if it'll leave the same impact on me that Moon did.
You also need to consider that before Moon came out, there hadn't been a decent (let alone great) science fiction movie in years. I can't even think of the last one before Moon. Maybe the Matrix? You can see by the state of the genre how much of a breath of fresh air Moon was.
@gnomeonfire: @extomar: It's not entirely true to how things work, but very closely, but more importantly, it's a science, and the story is fiction. It's a sci-fi, even if it doesn't feel as much as a sci-fi as something like, say Mass Effect. I will say I've asked myself the same question, but in the end, it's still science fiction.
Yeah, Source Code wasn't very good. Looper I like very much, though I wouldn't put it on here when it comes to comparing. As for the gravity aspect, that's not entirely why it's fantastic, though it's one of them. 2001 is still amazing in my opinion. When it comes to comparing the films, I'd say it's much more comparable than Departed and the Muppets movie.
I think Gravity had great, likable characters, the only thing I can see is that their backstories aren't really told much; it's more about them being in space and the job at hand, and then eventually surviving, but with that, it's performed well, and they're likable enough, to the extent that let's just say, can make one somewhat depressed about the outcomes.
The way the characters are presented aren't nearly the same between Gravity and Moon, but they're both strong in my opinion. Bullock was good, and I never cared for Rockwell before, but Moon did it and showed me how great he is. I can't wait for a Moon sequel, which would take place in London from what I've heard; being similar to Blade Runner in a way. Oh, and yes, Moon has a great soundtrack, but I think Gravity does as well. From intense to breathtaking.
@thedrbrian: @seppli: I liked Prometheus, though I thought the characters were disappointing. I liked Shaw, Janek, Vickers, and David, though they even had their problems. If the characters were better, and some things were presented better, it would have been near perfect to me. I still think it's a great movie though. Your point about them running in a straight line is a bit arguable. And I liked Oblivion! I was surprised, but it was really great.
Moon, by far. One of my favorite movies of any genre over the last few years. I thought Gravity was badly overrated. A good film, but it was mostly just a visual buffet; the characters were pretty thin, and some of the dialogue (especially towards the end) was really corny. The performances were good but they never hit the high notes that Sam Rockwell gets to in Moon.
Moon was just much more interesting to me. A really great character and a terrific performance by Sam Rockwell. Gravity is a one-off; definitely worth a look, but not something that moved me or stuck with me.