In the interview Jones says the film was inspired by movies like Alien (1979), Silent Running and Outland (1981), as well as by the non-fiction book: Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization by Robert Zubrin.
Here is a snippet from Rogert Ebert’s thoughtful review:
“‘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. John W. Campbell Jr., the godfather of this genre, would have approved. The movie is really all about ideas. It only seems to be about emotions. How real are our emotions, anyway? How real are we? Someday I will die.”
I agree. Not only with Ebert being mortal, but also that Moon is a movie of ideas. Moon is a true Science Fiction movie and an intellecutal heir to Blade Runner. It’s made of one part 2001: A Space Odyssey, one part Silent Running, one part The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, with an added dash of Outland (1981) and that is a proud lineage to follow.
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