It really is a complete enigma in the first 3rd of the film, but once the story reveals itself a little more you become completely involved in the world that the character is set in. Although lacking a little in the SFX, this film doesn't need any special editing to make it anymore exciting than it already is. You could compare the film to Fight Club with the almost unexplained script throughout, and it's definitely going to gain the cult following that Fight Club received.
I wouldn't be surprised if this film triggers a lot more narratives involving space, because it has so much possibility. Hopefully this film will inspire writers to make movies which aren't (how do I say this?) completely pointless and don't involve Seth Rogen. (There.)
You're already taken out of your comfort zone from the beginning by not gaining any perspective on Sam's (Sam Rockwell) previous life before the mission. This is probably what takes it out of Hollywood cinema. You aren't being spoon fed the story, you're having to work it out yourself along with the character. It actually does make you want to think about the movie afterwards rather than say 'Yeah, that was alright.'
You may not have heard of this because apart from at the film festivals this year, it didn't get much hype. This was surprising because for one it's directed and written by David Bowie's son Duncan Jones (Actual name - Zowie Bowie) and two, there's been nothing else like this made that I am aware of!
Note the little qualities such as the 'kick me' sticker on the back of the robot, or the lyrics to the alarm clock 'One and only'. It's always these sort of elements that makes films unique. They're probably for the director's entertainment more than anything else. You wanna go into the cinema with little knowledge on the film as well if that's still possible. It just makes it all the more of a fantastic experience.
Seriously, if you're bored of films at the minute, haven't seen anything that's excited you, or just really want to experience something that's literally out of this world, you HAVE to go and see this film. Even if you're a little unsure, see it anyway! It's beautifully done, well acted, elegantly shot and just pure brilliant. What more do you want?!
Definitely on my favourites list on Facebook.