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Spring 2014 Film Series

February 28, 2014 / 7:00 PM

Directed by Duncan Jones
Released: 2009

Starring -
Sam Rockwell
Kevin Spacey
Dominique McElligott

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is the human component in the operation of a lunar mining station. Aided only by his "assistant," the computer GERTY (voice of Kevin Spacey), Sam is the lone non-mechanized cog in a process that provides energy to 70% of Earth. When the film opens, he has two weeks left in a three-year contract. Sat-com has failed, meaning he can no longer talk directly to Earth; he can only receive and send recorded messages. The latest one from his wife expresses eagerness about Sam's return. It's good he's leaving - he is beginning to see things and his health is deteriorating despite his maintaining a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Being alone for three years with only a robot as a companion can cause the mind to function in strange ways.

- James Berardinelli

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