On a more subtle level, the worlds of the two movies share a general technological outlook.

The movie is really all about ideas. Both feature a semi-analog twist on modern digital tech - the bulky, grainy communication device in Moon fits right alongside Mute's sliding phone with buttons - and aim to evoke the style of 1970s/1980s sci-fi: Alien and Blade Runner especially. Sam begins to witness and experience strange occurrences in the station, soon discovering that, like Jack, he has “always been the caretaker”. It is something so close and so plausible and yet at the same time, we really don't know that much about it.

The movie won numerous film critic and film festival awards and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 2010.

Even though Sam Bell is a clone, Jane Petrie still managed to infuse individuality through costume, thus allowing the viewer to differentiate between both Sams and helping Sam Rockwell to develop two distinct characters that generate an emotional connection. Once the script is done, they push the reset button and the cycle stars over again. In many ways he has a similar role to the Jack Torrance character in The Shining (1980).

Sam’s performance, as Sam Bell, in Moon is nothing short of captivating and highly entertaining.

Collectively, Petrie and Jones have utilised stylistic costume choices to differentiate between the two Sam clones.

If he was aware of the truth before the copies were made, how was he compensated in order to sell himself into endless purgatory?

Whether we find out in Mute or not remains to be seen, but Moon fans would no doubt relish the opportunity to learn what happens next in the story of Sam Bell. Affiliate links used when available.

If a company like that can hide a couple clones on a moon base surely they can extract …

[3] The director took steps to minimise production costs, such as keeping the cast small and filming in a studio.

This allowed Petrie to create designs that would not prematurely age the film, as fashion and technology are two aspects of science fiction that can quickly make a production seem dated. The original Sam Bell, on whom all the clones were based, was still alive in Moon and Rockwell thinks it’s possible that the Sam Bell clones could hunt him down. The question of what exactly happened to the Sam Bell clones when the Moon protagonist arrived back on Earth is that his predicament seems to have … How real are we? I highly doubt it. As a location, it bridges the gap between science fiction and science fact.

I know this machine looks odd but its going to tell us how well you can handle 3 years of isolation, try to focus on some memories of your family and your time on earth.

Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 191 reviews, with an average score of 7.5/10. The movie ends with the latest clone flying to Earth to confront his corrupt employer, Lunar Industries. The film follows Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon. Moon (2009) is a love letter to the science fiction movies that director Duncan Jones grew up watching.

Out when Netflix are ready. The Sam Bell suit isn't the only connection between Moon and Mute, however. It appears to be a mix of maintenance coverall and full body flight suit, complete with mission patches.

After a heated argument and physical altercation, GERTY reveals that they are both clones of the original Sam Bell. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners.

International sales for Moon are handled by the Independent sales company. His only companion is an artificial intelligence named GERTY, who assists with the base's automation and provides comfort for him. He finishes up his 3 years in the station, they get everything they need to reproduce his experience in as predictable a way as possible, and he goes home thinking that some other guy is up there doing his own 3 year stint now. Sam’s employers, Lunar Industries, follow a hierarchical structure of shadowy ‘suits’ at the top down to regular ‘joes’ working aboard mining stations and transport ships. [10][12] Jones preferred using models to digital animation,[8] working with Bill Pearson, the supervising model maker on Alien, to help design the lunar rovers and helium-3 harvesters in the film. Petrie’s only previous science fiction credit was in the costume department for Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999).

Was he told only after the copying process to preserve the mental state of the copies, or was he not told at all? “Yell at him; read him the riot act,” Rockwell said.

[13] The Moon base was created as a full 360-degree set, measuring 85–90 feet (26–27 m) long and approximately 70 feet (21 m) wide. Some of these mission patches are similar to those on Freeman Lowell’s (Bruce Dern) flight suit in Silent Running. '"[33], In the 2013 October issue of the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, academics ranked their top brain science movies of all time; their database being compiled by cognitive science researchers who are also movie buffs.

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In the bowling alley, a ticker teases a news story about an alleged malfunction of the Gerty robots caused by moon dust.

Roger Ebert gave the film 3½ stars out of 4, saying: Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind of or other, including digital. Co-written and directed by Duncan Jones the film stars Sam Rockwell as Lunar Industries astronaut Sam Bell who is nearing the end of a three year mission on the far side of the moon.

But with rumours of the character making an appearance in Duncan Jones’s upcoming Mute, FANDOM asked Sam Rockwell about the fate of Sam Bell.

[15] These include the sleeping quarters and the corridor of the "secret room".

Very few actors find themselves co-starring with no one but themselves—with a little dash of Kevin Spacey, as GERTY, on the side—and not only making the film riveting but thought-provoking too.

Byrge also believed that cinematographer Gary Shaw's work and composer Clint Mansell's music intensified the drama. How and Why ‘Mute’ and ‘Moon’ Take Place in the Same Universe, ‘The One and Only Ivan’ Featurette Promises Plenty of Famous Voices, Sam Rockwell to Play Country Singer Merle Haggard in New Amazon Movie, Will Do His Own Singing, ‘The One and Only Ivan’ Trailer: There’s Some Disney Magic in This Story of a Gorilla in Captivity, Duncan Jones Explains Why He’s Wrapping Up His “Mooniverse” With a Graphic Novel. It would appear the on-ice Sams from the moon base have all been awoken and, given that a Sam is both defense and prosecution in the case, the situation has developed into the debate of identity: how can clones be assigned identity in the real world? “For me, if you accept that it needed to be a science fiction film, putting it together with Moon wasn’t that much a difficulty. The only downside is that it requires someone stationed on the moon to oversee the transporting of the fuel to Earth and maintaining machinery. The rescue team is successfully fooled after finding both a newly-awakened clone in the medical bay and the corpse of the older Sam inside of the crashed rover. Moon was set in a near-future where the world's energy crisis had been solved with the mining of helium-3 from the lunar surface. Later, a "Justice for the 156" billboard is seen in the background, revealing at a human protest movement in defense of the Sam Bells.

[31], A. O. Scott, chief film critic for The New York Times wrote that Jones directing "demonstrates impressive technical command, infusing a sparse narrative and a small, enclosed space with a surprising density of moods and ideas". [30] Digital Spy said it was an "incredible low-budget science fiction movie", opining that Jones' direction of the film "brilliantly explores ideas of identity while mixing in some practical VFX spectacle to boot.