Brothers trapped on the moon

Some thoguhts from John S.:

Moon tells an interesting story about the relationship of two clones. Over the course of the movie, they appear to act more like siblings rather than perfect clone copies of Sam Bell. They have dissimilar personalities, fashion styles, hobbies and conduct. While Clone 1 was happy to befriend Clone 2-just like a brother would welcome the birth of a new family member- the same could not be said for the latter. Clone 2 seemed to dislike and be in a territorial sibling competition with Clone 1. Thus, there are elements of a sibling rivalry in their initial days of their co-existence.  The clones engaged in multiple actions which illustrated the sibling nature of their relationship. They bickered and fought just like brothers over non-issues. Their physical altercation was a harmless brotherly fight rather than an actual fight for survival on the moon. While Clone 1 was trying to wrestle off the exacto knife off of Clone 2, he did not apply a tremendous force despite the fact that he believed- in his paranoid mindset- that Clone 2 was trying to kill him. Neither one wanted to truly harm the other. If they were perfect clone copies, they would not have found themselves in a physical altercation one another in the first place given that one cannot have a disagreement with someone of the same opinion and mindset. If they were strangers, one would most certainly kill the other given the circumstance and the dilemma ahead of them. It is also possible that they both felt that it was impossible to kill someone that looks exactly like them. Another explanation could be that they did not want to truly harm each other because they developed a strong brotherly bond and affection for one another given the fact that they share genetic similarities.

This film was interesting because it demonstrated that artificial genetic reproduction is imperfect. Just like in “Little C,” while clones may have similar genes, their expression may be entirely different. Two clones who look the same will not necessarily act or think the same. Thus, this films illustrated that science still has a long way to go if it wants to create the perfect clone.

From Dan: one of the big differences between Moon and “Little C,” though, is that the clones in Moon share the same early experience and memories (albeit in “implanted form), if not the same bodies. They remember the same pre-moon life with the same wife and child, and they all yearn to return to the earth and to their family.

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