Apollo 18 (2011)
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A potentially cool "found footage" flick that is desperately in need of a lot more brains ... or a lot more silliness.
The movie builds up to a mystery that it never does much to resolve, with its big set piece reveal consisting mostly of a couple of rocks moving.
The 'found footage' horror movie Apollo 18 recycles the premise of The Blair Witch Project on the moon and still manages a few good scares.
"The cheap frights don't deliver, the performers bring no pathos and the gimmick behind "Apollo 18″ flat out does not work."
It's impossible to recommend Apollo 18 to anyone but the most staunch found-footage fans. The film fails every requirement of a tense and enjoyable time at the theater.
Audience Reviews for Apollo 18
During the final NASA mission to the moon, the astronauts find an abandoned Soviet lander and begin to suspect that they are not alone. It's very safe to say that I am not a fan of the "found footage" genre, but I am a fan of the old NASA space missions and the intriguing trailer tempted me to give Apollo 18 a try. Because of the nature of the way the space missions were documented the faux documentary style actually feels a lot more genuine than most examples and the visual effects recreating the classic 60s space technology design gives the film a nice feeling of authenticity. The problem with Apollo 18 is, unsurprisingly, that it is a found footage movie. This means that it is poorly paced, badly edited and has little characterisation or plot for that matter. Not to mention that the suspense is non-existent thanks to the fact that the film has about as much atmosphere as the moon does and the revelation of what is behind these mysterious events is just another lame horror movie cliche. It's a shame really because the idea of a lost Soviet moon mission is quite interesting but as it stands, if you've seen the trailer you've seen everything Apollo 18 has to offer.
"There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon."
Apollo 18 is as dull a "found footage" movie as I have ever seen, which is sad because the premise is one that could of brought about a lot of great originalities for the genre, but instead, this just chose to steal scenes from other movies. All in all, this ends up being nothing more than a prequel to a movie like Invasion of the Body Snatchers filmed like "found footage" with every scene ripping something off.
So the premise of the movie is this, although our government tells us they stopped sending astronauts to the moon after Apollo 17, in fact there was actually an Apollo 18 too. This movie is made up of the footage of that mission. It starts out like any other Apollo mission, but once on the moon things get weird and two astronauts are in a struggle with something they don't understand.
This movie is lazy, cliched, derivative, boring, dull, and just plain bad. There's nothing for any fan of horror or film in general to walk away with and that's when you know a movie has failed its audience. Everything is completely forgettable and in the end, even with a short runtime, the movie overstays its welcome. Pass on this one for sure.
dreadful piece of trash, moon rocks are really aliens, do me a favour.
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