I don’t typically make movie recommendations, and I’ve been debating about making this one for a few months, but I so enjoyed Moon (long gone from theaters, but available on Blu-Ray and via iTunes) that I’m making an exception. It’s one of the few movies in the last decade that I can actually recommend to people as a good way to spend 97 minutes.
You don’t need to be a fan of science fiction to enjoy Moon, because although the setting is important, that’s not what the movie is about. It’s about technology, dignity, change, distance, isolation, and mind.
Lots of people make comparisons between Moon and Stanley Kubric’s 2001: A Space Oddyssey (Wikipedia entry, Blu-Ray). Both movies share similar visual elements, the presence of A.I., and the aspect of being isolated in space. _Moon_’s director cites 2001 as inspiration as well. But I think you’ll enjoy the film much more if you don’t bring that kind of baggage or expectation through the door with you.
Moon tells a new and more timely story, and stands well on its own.