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Isolated, determined and steadfast, Sam has followed the rulebook obediently and his time on the moon has been enlightening, but uneventful. The solitude has given him time to reflect on the mistakes of his past and work on his raging temper. He does his job mechanically, and spends most of his available time dreaming of his imminent return to Earth, to his wife, young daughter and an early retirement.
But two weeks shy of his departure from Selene, Sam starts seeing things, hearing things and feeling strange. And when a routine extraction goes horribly wrong, he discovers that Lunar have their own plans for replacing him and the new recruit would appear to be his clone.
Before he can return to Earth, Sam has to confront himself and the discovery that the life he has created, may not be his own. It's more than his contract that is set to expire.
Some nifty effects are employed with Rockwell playing both characters, and after awhile it is done so well that you forget that the two are the same actor. The interactions between the two have all the nuances and subtle gestures that any two people go through when holding a simple conversation. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I have seen enough movies with actors interacting with themselves…badly…that it was refreshing to see the technique done so well. It also helps that the two Sams are operating at opposite ends of the chart. One Sam being extremely sick and so overcome with loneliness that he doesn’t question the fact that he has a twin with him as much as he is just relieved to have someone to play Ping-Pong with. It is at this point that the film garners my only complaint, and that is that you will figure out what is going on long before Sam does so the investigation process may feel like it goes on a bit too long. But the other Sam, healthy in both body and mind, gets the film back on track soon enough being better equipped to put the pieces together. The use of Spacey as the voice of GERTY was also a nice touch, especially since GERTY is a prominent character in the film who plays a key role in the plot. His soothing, monotone vocal work fits perfectly with the machine whose only ability at displaying emotion comes in the form of Smilies on a screen. Duncan Jones made another smart choice in enlisting the help of film composer Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) as the variations of his haunting piano theme fits the cold, isolation of space while still being effective when pumped up a bit during some of the tenser moments later in the film.