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Apollo 18

Warren Christie , Ryan Robbins , Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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 Wright

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty predictable Dec 29 2011
After seeing all the hype over this movie on tv, I was eagerly awaiting its release on DVD. It's an interesting premise - the final Apollo mission that "never" happened according to government sources. Or did it?? It documents, with actual film footage from previous missions, obviously, the moon landing of Apollo 18, the subsequent discovery of extra-terrestrial life, and the resulting implication on both the astronauts and their lives. It wasn't exactly what I had hoped for ... not enough action scenes, a lot of talking augmented with the footage of the moon landing. I'm afraid I wouldn't watch it again. I'm sure the actors did the best job with what little they had to work with. Perhaps it was better viewed on the big movie screen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie With One Fatale Flaw Jan. 24 2012
By stryper TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The film was actually better than I feared it was going to be (after reading all of the negative reviews and such) but I found it pretty authentic in it's portrayal of a moon mission gone wrong (granted, I've never done any serious studying of any actual moon mission films, so enthusiasts of moon mission imagery will probably be able to pick this thing apart till the cows come home, but for the average viewer, I found it pretty real, I mean, at least the space suits didn't look like someone's mom had sewn them together with some bed sheets, which is always a plus in my book).

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).
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I know it's hard to do, but try to imagine that the U.S. government would actually lie to the American people. Apollo 17 was not the final lunar mission, after all. In 1974, Apollo 18 was launched as part of a top secret Department of Defense mission - ostensibly, to put some kind of fancy new radar tracking equipment on the South Pole of the moon. The three astronauts could tell no one about the mission - not even their families. Unfortunately, shortly after making a successful lunar landfall, the astronauts discover that they aren't alone up there - and that the government already knew about it. The best of America's best reached the pinnacle of their dreams, only to find out they were nothing more than expendable guinea pigs for a circle of lying government officials. For me, Apollo 18 represents the ultimate "found footage" concept. We're talking about a secret lunar mission here, and that pretty much trumps any concept involving teenagers falling victim to some unknown force out in the middle of the woods. It just doesn't get any more isolated than sitting on the moon without any comm signal to Earth or even to the lunar orbiter. I can't say that this movie met all of my lofty expectations - but it does represent a pretty darn good and certainly entertaining attempt.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blair witch of the moon Nov. 9 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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.

I rarely give anything one star as just making it usually has some redeeming value. However this time it looks like I've got to change my mind; this presentation was slow-paced, ridiculous in concept, and did not even try to mask how dumb was. I'm afraid to say too much more because it is just so so negative.

The DVD I watched has:
Deleted scenes and alternate scenes
Alternate endings
Feature commentary Nith director and editor
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor scenario Aug. 28 2013
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.
3. The story is badly put together and I could have done better myself writing a story which stand alone and could help make it realistic.
I do not recommend this movie at all. Waste of money spent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars apollo 18
I thought it would be compared to apolo 13, or the movie all the right stuff. no comparison with the director ron howard.
Published 15 months ago by george max
2.0 out of 5 stars Apollo 18
Film peu intéressant.
Histoire faible et très peu crédible.
Un DVD dont on peu se passer d'avoir dans sa collection.
Published 17 months ago by Denys D
1.0 out of 5 stars A conspiracy theorists dream!
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 more
Published 19 months ago by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars Guuuuuuuuuuur8
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 more
Published 20 months ago by Interesting
1.0 out of 5 stars Apollo 18
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 more
Published on June 30 2012 by Philippe
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then I had expected
The reviews for this movie had been pretty poor, though their official website had some fairly interesting looking trailers to add to the mix. Read more
Published on April 20 2012 by Martin Foster
2.0 out of 5 stars Blair Witch in Space
I must admit that I found the premise of the movie interesting but it's execution left a lot to be desired. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2012 by James F. Major
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