Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Film director: 
Duncan Jones
Event date: 
Thu, 07/11/2013

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Dr Ed Gomez, Dr Andy Barlett, Dr Jon Anderson, Dr Dean Burnett and Prof Anne Rosser explored themes including living in space; robots as surrogate mothers; tissue engineering; hallucinations and memory; and autonomy and resistance. 

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Plausibility of the cloning scenario

Clearly central to the plot of this film are Sam’s clones. They appear not only to look and behave similarly (although there may be one or two hints that they aren’t absolutely identical) but also share a core memory set, although again there may be hints that these aren’t identical (e.g. a moment of hesitation about his daughter).

A Cultural Geographer’s View.

TS Eliot said it is the instinct of every living thing to persist in its own being. Not just humans or animals or insects or viruses, but all living things; and from the example of ‘Moon’, we can perhaps say that Eliot’s assertion also includes clones.

Memory manipulation in Moon

The big reveal at the midpoint of the film ‘Moon’ is that Sam is some sort of clone, one in a series of clones that are activated, do their jobs and wear down before being ‘disposed of’, at which point the next clone is activated to take over, and on it goes. The intrigue occurs when a clone is activated when one clone is activated while the previous one is still active, and this revealing the whole set-up to both of them.