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The found-footage horror genre requires an unusual amount of give and take between filmmakers and their audience, with receptive viewers using their imagination to fill in the blanks that teasingly lie just beyond the camera's narrow viewfinder. Apollo 18 boasts a novel setting and a nicely conspiratorial vibe, but suffers by its tendency to reveal too much too soon. Told via a combination of surveillance footage and artfully cruddy 16mm, the film follows a final covert moon landing, with its crew tasked to set up cameras in the ominous interests of national security. As the astronauts deal with a malfunctioning capsule, a series of unusual events suggests that the lunar population is a number greater than two. Director Gonzalo L�pez-Gallego makes fine, spooky use of the claustrophobic interiors and vast desolate exterior (a strobe-lit sequence set in a dark crater is destined to bring on the whim-whams), aided by a terrific sound design and some creepily invasive jump-scares. (Remember, astronauts: always check your helmets.) Unfortunately, the promisingly ominous mood of the film's first half gets diffused with the decision to show what exactly is out there knocking on the airlock, a revelation that starts out hard to swallow and quickly becomes, well, pretty silly, frankly. Although the originality of the premise and the downbeat '70s ending ensures that fans of the genre will still find much to like about Apollo 18, a less concrete menace could've made it soar. --Andrew WrightSee all Product Description
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But that being said, this is not a film for people looking for a non-stop action rush, this is a slower burn type of film, in the same vain as the recent, Paranormal Activity movies, but in space.
So if you like stuff to do with the moon landings and have a thing for revisionist history/conspiracy theories, then this film is your cup of tea (or, Tang, as it were, and if you didn't get that reference, then you're not as big a moon mission aficionado as you may have thought you were before you started to read this review '
***SPOILER ALERT*** (go and watch the film, then come back and read this as I think you'll find it quite interestingly compelling)
Okay, so here's my BIG overall problem with this film (and correct me if I'm wrong here) but what we're watching is supposedly, 'Found Footage' taken during this ill fated mission, film footage, not video sent back to mission control on earth, cameras with actual film cartridges in them that have to be developed before they can be run through a projector to be watched (keeping in mind that this was way before digital camera technology came into existence).Read more ›
As the story goes, everything about this mission was indeed secret - until recently, when someone uploaded dozens of hours of footage to a website called lunartruth.com. This movie, we are told, comes out of that extraordinary footage. The filmmakers do a good job in terms of special effects, making the various pieces of footage look as if they came from different quality cameras.Read more ›
The reason why no one knew about this mission was because it was top secret. 2 astronauts land on the moon near its south pole. The movie cleverly combines actual film footage of NASA with their own track over and their own film. They were careful enough to use side lighting to create the long shadows seen in the NASA films. I appreciate it when they do their homework. The cameras have been put in place. This avoids much of that sea sick motion you get from the other reality (translate:cheap) type movies.
Now the reason why they really went there was to check on the Russians who have landed a LEM (looks like a diving bell) on the moon. The crew was not informed about this so they really panicked when they found another set of footprints. What we know:
1)The Russian is dead, apparently killed.
2) There is a strange rock that seems to move on its own, but we don't see it move.
3) There is a strange crater/shaft made from different rock which is at the heart of the problem.
4) There are communication issues and there appears to be strange going-ons outside the LEM that suggests visitors.
Now I hate hand held reality movies. My finger is on the fast forward button more than a lab rat pressing for cheese. But this one held my interest. I wanted to see what was causing all the grief, even if it was just for a fleeting moment and later they did resort to the herky-jerky camera. I was too far along at the time. I wonder how this lines up with "The Dark Side of the Moon?"
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A very bad choice. Was expected a real secret landing on the moon.Published 16 months ago by Jean Campbell
Interesting concept that poorly executed. What if there was Apollo 18 and something went so negatively wrong that we were not informed. Such as moon cooties. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2013 by Bernie
Very disappointed by this movie :
1. Dull and simplistic scenario which has no great interest, rather stupid.
2. Poor quality of the picture, changing often format. Read more
I thought it would be compared to apolo 13, or the movie all the right stuff. no comparison with the director ron howard.Published on June 14 2013 by george max
Film peu intéressant.
Histoire faible et très peu crédible.
Un DVD dont on peu se passer d'avoir dans sa collection.
Apollo 18(released Sept/11)stars Warren Christie as Captain Benjamin Anderson,Lloyd Owen as Commander Nathan Walker,Ryan Robbins as Lieutenant Colonel John Grey,Andrew Airlie as... Read morePublished on March 1 2013 by Robert Badgley
I was skeptical after reading reviews and always watch pre-buying; i took the chance as i like science fiction.....Well worth the $10. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2013 by Interesting
Ce film est une histoire pas de but, il est filmé avec des caméra comme dans les films, Paranormal Activity et le projet blair. Read morePublished on June 30 2012 by Philippe