Dark Side of the Moon Reviews
(2002) Dark Side Of The Moon
As a film buff, if anyone has often wondered why critically acclaimed film director of such memorable films as "2001: A Space Odysssey" and "Dr. Strangelove" Stanley Kubrick doesn't come to America anymore, this film would've explained why, which has alot to do with the moon landings! This is a fascinating examination about Stanley Kubrick's personal experiences with former president Richard Nixon and his co-ordinates during the time when the United States were competing with Russia for bragging rights, in this case it's for being the first country to land on the moon, and during the Cold War too before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren even entered the picture! After the success of "2001: A Space Odyssey", Nixon's people hired Stanley Kubrick to fake a moon landing discouraging the Russians from actually doing this task first! After achieving this feat, Kubrick became extremely paranoid for he wasn't permitted to leak this to the local media or to the press and felt somwhat dictated and afraid of Nixon assuming that he had someone always tailing him making sure he wouldn't leak any of this information out which may include wire tapping whenever he'd used his phone. And chose to reside living in England for the rest of his remaining years! Some of the more interesting interviews in this documentary include astronaut Buzz Aldren!
One of the most interesting aspects about this are Kubrick's fake moon landing video can easily be spotted as opposed to the actual one from Aldren and Armstrong!
3.5 out of 4
The Dark Side of the Moon is a seemingly real documentary about the Apollo 11 moon landings and how they were filmed on a set with the help of the CIA and Stanley Kubrick.
They backed it up with solid evidence and had guest appearances along the likes of Donald Rumsfield, Henry Kissenger, Buzz Aldrin and Christiane Kubrick, and former agents from the CIA
It is solidly believable until near the end when you recognise the people being interviewed include the likes of Dave Bowman and Jack Torrence.
With satire added along the way you realise you have been taken in on a joke.
At the end it is finally revealed to be a hoax, showing the actors laughing at the hilarity of the situation
In conclusion it is a very clever film showing how the media can portray certain things out of context and can manipulate information so easily.
Being an avid fan of Stanley Kubrick and the mockumentary style of satire I thoroughly enjoyed it.