In the future, an oil shortage have left Earth short of natural resources for energy. As a result, a corporation called Lunar Industries has built a giant complex on the moon designed to mine Helium-3 and send it back to Earth. It's run nearly entirely by robots and computers, with one person at a time contracted for huge amounts of money to stay alone for three years and keep things moving smoothly. Sam Bell is currently close to the end of his contract. He is incredibly lonely, as their communications have been down nearly his entire time on the moon, so his only contact with the world below are recorded messages he can send to his wife. He has one person he can talk to, and it isn't even a person at all: it's the computer that runs the station, GERTY, who can communicate using artificial intelligence. While out on the moon's surface working, he gets distracted by a hallucination and crashes his vehicle on the surface. He almost dies, but he puts his helmet on before passing out. We next see him waking up in the station, where GERTY tells him not to go out to the moon's surface, that a rescue team is on their way and will take care of the situation out there. However, Sam is suspicious, so he sneaks out to the surface and finds... the Sam we saw crash. Younger Sam takes older Sam back inside, where they both wonder who the clone is and who the real one is. GERTY informs them that they are both clones: there are hundreds of clones in hibernation in the station, ready to replace the next Sam Bell clone when his time is done. They repair communications on Earth and learn that no one down there knows what's going on. With the rescue team on its way, presumably to kill them, they must find a way to get off the moon and tell the world their story.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is an outstanding science fiction story, with some really original twists. Plus, for such a low budget film, the effects of the moon's surface are terrific.
Best scene in story:
When the two Sams open up the walls and find the hundreds of Sam clones, it's an absolutely chilling moment.
Opinion about the main character:
Sam is a regular guy, who finds out his life is far from regular. He earns our sympathy from the beginning, and we like him even more when he risks it all to expose unethical business practices.