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High Moon

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Canada  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: Adam Kane.  •  Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Clay Virtue, Constance Wu, Chris Diamantopoulos, Charity Wakefield, Peter Macon, Garry Chalk, Dana Davis, Darren Shahlavi, Kirby Morrow, Toby Hargrave, Jake Sandvig, Viv Leacock.  •  Music by: Trevor Yuile.
        The whole Moon has been divided into 5 zones (related to Earthen countries), and there is one monopoly consortium which sells the oxygen to everyone. Each zone is focused on extracting precious Helium-3. The lunar-suits provide self-gravity, and they create their own invisible helmet to contain the oxygen. The North-American zone is under the control of an Army General, and the civil workers are Earthen convicts. One of those criminals finds what seems to be a red lunar-flower with blue roots in the site of an inspection, on Moon surface. Few seconds after he touches that flower, there is a huge explosion in a nearby crater which began a moon-quake that swallows the convict and others. The appointed detective for investigation is the elder brother of the convict who touched the flower. The inquiry unveils a huge mystery that involves Russians, Indians, Japanese, the consortium, Helium-3, the convict, the fragile General's daughter, a mysterious technological gay spy Russian officer, some betrayals, more explosions, more flowers with pollen, new forms of life that appear and disappear, a mechanical T-Rex, artificial oxygen, and the vanishing of thousands of humans.

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From the first scene, I got the winks that director sent at us: This is a caper in genre of old space comedies and newretro styling of Mad Men. You really have to have a sense of humor to enjoy it, and a good martini on your side table would not hurt either. The dialog dips into all rich clich├ęs from detective noir flicks from 60's, then quotes the optimistic space "future" of 50's, only to let the plot twist its ankles on new age cynicism. I really think that at times that art of "quote" reached the level of Star Trek Next Generation scenes on Holodeck. I loved, loved, loved retro styling and settings! Practically every scene had a morsel for architects, interior and fashion designers, and movie critics with the eye on mid twenty century nostalgia. I loved that actors mostly embraced the new "old" style of dialog.

I think that this movie will have a following, just like Serenity, so don't dis it yet. I gave it 8 for brave originality of trying to do exactly what it is supposed to do: entertain, and cut down on unnecessary heroics: I have already saved the word with my x-box, the day before.

And yes, it calls for follow up series, so I really hope that networks will pick it up.


Review by figarska from the Internet Movie Database.