R | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
The film makes several references to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). GERTY looks and sounds similar to HAL 9000. They also have a similar dot: HAL's is red and GERTY's is blue. This film choreographs scenes in space to classical music, just as Kubrick did.
There was a time when energy was a dirty word. When turning on your light was a hard choice. Cities in brown-out. Food shortages, cars burning fuel to run. But that was the past. Where are we now? How do we make the world so much better? Make ...
GERTY is a computer that has robotic appendages to allow it to interact with items in the base and to provide an interface for Sam to communicate with. As a computer, GERTY would always be in direct communications with the command center on Earth, and all of the rest of the equipment in the base (as well as any other bases on the moon). Thus GERTY would not communicate with Earth through video and voice link as if he were a person. He would transmit digital information directly and receive commands directly, like any other computer-controlled equipment. However, since the writers needed some way to indicate to Sam that the long-distance communication was actually functional, GERTY needed to use video communication so Sam could overhear and see the long-distance link in use.
The letters in the credits at the beginning of the movie, are sitting parallel to the surfaces that are shown and are also casting shadows/reflections on these surfaces.
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