- Alternative Character Interpretation: Some like to interpret that the Clone Degeneration Sam's clones suffer after three years is just the outcome of the human body's metabolism after living for three years in lower gravity uninterrupted, in order to avoid the Fridge Horror of their victory being literally short-lived.
- Award Snub: Thanks to the production company not sending out DVDs to Academy voters, Sam Rockwell was overlooked for consideration.
- Awesome Music:
- For music where the main theme consists primarily of two notes, Clint Mansell's score is very effective.
- "Memories (Someone We'll Never Know)", a beautifully melancholy song that perfectly captures the emotions of one of the saddest scenes in the movie.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Even if Sam's clones do end up gaining some measure of freedom, they only have three years to live.
- Sci Fi Ghetto: See Award Snub above. In an odd twist, the movie managed to beat both Avatar and District 9 (both nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars that year) for the Hugo Award for Best Feature Film, but it wasn't nominated for any Oscars of its own—despite being widely hailed by critics as one of the best original science-fiction films in years.
- Tear Jerker: See here.
- The Un-Twist: GERTY is built up to be secretly evil, as with most sci-fi AI, but he's actually as friendly and helpful to Sam as he appears to be. In fact, he's critical for Sam 2's escape plan and willingly undergoes a Heroic Sacrifice via memory bank purging.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The four harvesters are named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.note Averted actually, since screenwriter Nathan Parker insists it really wasn't symbolic; he just needed four names and the Evangelists came to mind. If he'd thought a little longer, he could just as easily have called them John, Paul, George and Ringo or Leo, Raph, Donnie and Mikey, which would've been ironic but fitting considering one of Sam Rockwell's earlier outings.
YMMV / Moon