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Moon (2009)
May 1, 2011, 7:18 pm
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Director: Duncan Jones

Following my third revisiting of Moon, I learned that Sam Rockwell had studied Midnight Cowboy in preparation for the part of the slowly dying clone. As the Ratso Rizzo of this particular duo, he successfully depicts the grim horrors of chronic sickness but, perhaps more frighteningly, begins to show an obliviousness to his own downfall – as if his brain, just as his body, is beginning to fail him. In addition to the use of models, which has been praised ad nauseam in every written piece on the film, it seems as though the make-up effects have gone overlooked. Sam’s body disintegrates as if having a parasite. The horrifying scenes in which he bleeds excessively after a minor encounter with “healthy” Sam, or when he vomits blood into his helmet, are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s bodily horror.

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