This wonderfully weird and wacky spy-fi movie is more than a little tongue-in-cheek and a lot of fun.
What do a telepath, a cyborg spy, an Asian Indian ninja, a giant T-rex mecha, and a flower growing on the moon have in common? they are all part of the very odd story that is depicted in the original Syfy production called High Moon (2014) a movie that was originally slated to be a series on the Syfy channel.
The story, written by Bryan Fuller (Star Trek Discovery, American Gods, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Hannibal, etc) based on the book The Lotus Caves by John Christopher is a somewhat surreal and very whimsical science fiction narrative with a strong spy-fi flavor that takes place on the moon, and revolves around a mystery of missing helium supplies harvested by the nations of earth to maintain the accustomed levels of civilization. Fuller had developed High Moon for Syfy, based on the book The Lotus Caves, which filmed a pilot in late 2013, but was not given a series order.
Also contributing tithe appeal of the movie was the art direction, and things like props, costumes and effects.
The story goes something like this:
In the not-too-distant future, the moon has become the new frontier for an Earth thirsty for resources. In this case, vast lunar reserves of helium, which the earth depends on for fuel. This has created a collection of lunar colonies, all from different countries with different interests, and all competing to get that sweet sweet moon juice to power their gadgets and gizmos. Every country has a different mindset when it comes to exploiting their lunar resources. Russia sends its military, the Japanese send robots, and the United States sends its convicts. Two of these convicts, Marty (Jake Sandvig) and Leon (Toby Hargrave), investigating a broken piece of equipment, uncover a shocking surprise: a flower growing out of the surface of the moon. Cue the massive explosion, and cue the political intrigue.
Arriving via the luxury space yacht of lunar magnate Eve (Charity Wakefield), whose family made a fortune thanks to the moon business, is investigator Ian (Chris Diamantopoulos), charged with uncovering the person or persons behind the blast. General Gale (Peter Macon), the man in charge of Tranquility Base, believes it’s the Russians, even though his Russian spy Stan (Jonathan Tucker) says otherwise. The general’s daughter (Dana Davis) is here too, she’s the first and last human born on the moon and gets involved in the mystery also
As it turns out, the secrets of the moon are much deeper, and much weirder, than something as simple as Cold War intrigue and the occasional knife-wielding Indian assassin who turns into a pile of goop when struck, did I mention the disembodied eyes? they really went crazy on this after finding out they didn’t get the series order. It really seems like the crew must have had a whole lot of fun making this and it shows.
Admittedly the plot does get confusing, a little, but it doesn’t prevent this film from being a whole lot of fun to watch. two years later and this is still a film I thoroughly enjoy each time i revisit it. Give it a try, its worth a watch, and really puts the fun back in science fiction