This film was marketed as “Space Western” and it is chock full of saloon brawls, claim jumpers and shootouts, and that isn’t necessarily a bad idea, it’s just that the filmmakers here took the genre mash-up a little too literally.
James Olsen) and his co-pilot and engineer Korminski (Ori Levy) are soon to be out of a job because their spacecraft is ten years old and deemed unsafe by the authorities. Everyone advises Kemp to sign up with the Space Corporation and become a commercial passenger pilot but he refuses because he didn’t become an astronaut to just wet-nurse a bunch of rich people.
Adrienne Corri) wants him to give up his dangerous job of salvaging space junk, worse for him is that as head of Moon Security it will be her job to see him grounded. Enter notorious millionaire J. J. Hubbard (Warren Mitchell) who has a proposition for Kemp that could land him a brand new ship and solve all his problems.
Catherine Schell) who has come to the moon to meet her brother who is a miner on the Dark Side of the Moon. She’s quite worried when her brother fails to show up and hires Kemp to fly her over to her brother’s claim to see if he is all right. This didn’t seem western enough for the filmmakers so most of these conversations take place in Moon City’s western themed saloon.
“It was murder, and someone is responsible!”
Moon Zero Two is not a terrible film but they really should have gone easier on the western motif; spacemen with six-shooters and barroom brawls in zero gravity does not a good science fiction film make. In the case of said bar room brawl their ideas of a fight where the gravity has been turned off is just to have everybody wander around in slow-motion. It’s embarrassingly bad.
Not the safest place to put that switch in a saloon.
I particularly like her holsters strapped to her thigh-high boots.
I just loved Moon City.