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Posted by martinteller on January 19, 2010

Quite well done sci-fi.  Director Duncan Jones is very obviously inspired by 2001, Alien, Blade Runner and Solaris (either version, take your pick… I’d say closer to Soderbergh’s), but that’s a fine set of influences.  Other films that he draws inspiration from — Outland and Silent Running, for example — he improves upon, in my opinion.  It’s hard to be specific about Sam Rockwell’s performance without giving away too much, but he does an admirable job with a difficult role.  I’ve never been a huge fan of his, but I was impressed.  And he handles the unusual nature of the performance in a way that never calls much attention to itself.  I found myself easily going along with it and not thinking about the technical problems it must have posed.  The film won’t really satisfy those looking for a space adventure or thriller, but it’s a thoughtful rumination on identity (again, like Solaris).  The film doles out information at a satisfactory rate, but never holds your hand with awkward exposition.  Nice score by Clint Mansell, too.  I’ve ordered the Blu-Ray, looking forward to going through the extra features.  Rating: 9


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