Cool beginning for Roland Emmerich & Dean Devlin
Moon 44 is one of those little
sci-fi films which really slipped
through the cracks during the
1980s and early 90s. Sadly, these
types of tales are nothing more
than straight to video fodder with
absolutely horrid acting, so this
represents one of the last of the
cool, dark sci-fi films. I was rather
mesmerized the first time I watched
this in 1992, and I thought it was
better the second time around.
This ranks as one of those dark
films among the likes of Outland
and Silent Running. Good show
if I had seen any..
Undeservedly Slipped Through The Cracks!
During the eighties I used to purchase those fantastic Variety and
Hollywood Reporter film market editions that were stuffed with movie
poster ads advertising the latest film projects in various stages of
development from dozens of companies. Unfortunately they stopped
producing those great issues by the mid nineties. Anyway, I saw the
poster ad for "Moon 44" and the imagery evoked Robert Heinlein. I
couldn't wait for this film to come out and it never did. Or the film
was in limited release. So finally, I secured a copy of this film on
VHS cassette and checked it out. Here is my review.
"Moon 44" is actually a good sci-fi flick. I won't go into the story
because you can get that elsewhere on this site. The movie struck me as
a cross between "Outland" and "Brubaker". I think what also struck me
is how impressive the production design was. I really felt I was
watching a mining station on some far off celestial body. The acting
was good and especially from Michael Pare and Brian Thompson. It's a
good sci-fi film that is definitely worth a look!.