Movie Review: New Korean sci-fi film The Moon takes off

The Moon is an immersive and thrilling 129-minute movie that will leave the theatre in deafening silence.

Esther Low

| August 12, 2023
The Moon
D.O, or Do Kyung-soo, plays space crew member Hwang Sun-woo in The Moon. Photo: Purple Plan

The Moon is probably Director Kim Yong-hwa’s most ambitious film to date. And this sci-fi production came after his blockbuster series Along With The Gods (2017).

The 129-minute film tells of Korea’s attempt at a manned mission to the moon. And she hopes to be the nation that sends the second person to successfully land on the moon.

The Moon
A film still from The Moon. Photo: Purple Plan

But the process was nothing short of life-threatening for Hwang Seon-woo (Do Kyung-soo).

The Moon’s opening already sees three astronauts, including Hwang, facing problems, as they try to rectify issues with the spaceflight after it was hit by solar wind.

He hopes to help, but efforts were proved futile. Throughout it all, the banter among the astronauts about family and their plans upon returning to Earth serves up some humour and fun anxiety.

But perhaps, it is also a premonition for the tragedy that will soon follow suit. After all, no K-drama or Korean movie is complete without the main lead suffering hardships that will result in some character growth.

Hwang is not spared here either as the main protagonist of this production. Complications in repairing the control craft see him losing both his teammates, rendering him stranded alone while he fights to survive for the rest of the movie.

This sci-fi flick has got the right set design and special effects needed to make this compelling story realistic.

I’m no expert. But the detailed depiction of the space centre, space rocket hardware and professional jargon used in the radio chatter are sufficiently convincing to portray a moon expedition.

The Moon is an immersive and thrilling 129-minute movie that will leave the theatre in deafening silence. Its perpetual action creates anticipation amidst bated breaths as to how and when Hwang is rescued, with the occasional bouts of laughter in between. 

While the show promises to be an adrenaline-ride, I do think it could have done away with an obstacle or two. Just so that the audience can adequately absorb the severity of each treacherous episode.

It will also allow us to take a breather before bracing ourselves for the subsequent menacing plight Hwang will be hit with.


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