Apollo 18


Apollo 18

Critics Consensus

A boring, suspense-free Paranormal Activity rip-off that feels long even at just 90 minutes.



Total Count: 72


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Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it's the real reason we've never gone back to the moon. -- (C) Official Site


Warren Christie
as Capt. Benjamin Anderson
Lloyd Owen
as Cdr. Nathan Walker
Ryan Robbins
as John Grey
Michael Kopsa
as Deputy Secretary of Defense
Andrew Airlie
as Mission Control

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  • Jun 21, 2015
    A movie that honestly just came and went without really making much of an impression other than its badness. I'd like to think that there was a good idea here on paper and it just didn't pan out. It might not necessarily be the best idea I've ever seen, but there's definitely some potential here with the whole manned mission to the moon that you were never supposed to know about. They waste that with a generic, bland and, quite frankly, terrible movie. I honestly spent time trying to think of better movies that you could probably make in space. Clowns on the Moon, for example, was one that I came up with that I was the most satisfied with. I don't mean to say that I could make a better film, it's that I can imagine better films being made with a somewhat similar concept. And, of course, the found footage was completely unnecessary and unbelievable, even in the context that the film is presented. I get why it was done, it's cheaper that way, but I just don't buy it in this context. It's also very poorly used to be perfectly honest, might be some of the worst usage of the concept I've seen in any of these type of films. There are worse films, overall, than this. But the usage of the camera style was absolutely terrible. I think it was just done to get the Paranormal Activity crowd. It's definitely an easy movie to watch, it's only like 75 minutes long, so it doesn't overstay its welcome. Well I mean it does if you thought the movie was terrible, which I did. I just mean in the sense that it's not gonna linger past its 'breaking point', so to speak. It ends when it should and not a second longer. Of course, you wish you could get all the time you spent on the film back and use it to do something more productive, but it's a short enough movie and that's one of the few positives it has. The film does 'look' authentic enough, the setting I mean. Then again, it's probably fairly easy, with a decent enough budget, to make an authentic-looking moon setting. It's definitely not something that's too difficult to pull off. Particularly if it only takes place in one part of the moon. Either way, this film is pretty bad. It could've been considerably worse, but it doesn't offer anything that's new or worth recommending. I can't even think of a scenario where this film would be required viewing. Terrible and bland film that, seemingly, no one will like. Watch Europa Report instead. Not exactly a horror movie, but it's similar to this and considerably better as well.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    "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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2013
    A trio of astronauts, Ben Anderson(Warren Christie, of "Alphas"), Nate Walker(Lloyd Owen), and John Grey(Ryan Robbins, of "Sanctuary"), choose to spend their 1974 Christmas holidays on a classified mission to the moon instead of spending them with their loved ones. While Grey stays aboard the command module in orbit, Anderson and Walker make their landing on the surface in the lunar module where they collect samples. On the second day, they discover they might not exactly be alone... As much as it gets wrong, like the Soviets, if they ever made it to the moon, keeping it quiet, instead of using it for endless propaganda, and the panicky nature of these astronauts in the face of danger, "Apollo 18" also proves that maybe in the right situation, found footage may still be viable as a format as this movie also gets a lot of historical and technical details right, especially that post-Watergate disillusionment. However, that meticulous attention to detail also works against the movie in the end, as it does not do anything creative with its pseudo-documentary set-up, with only a couple of scary and icky moments to keep things interesting.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2012
    Interesting, mostly just because it's really different, but everything is explained so badly, and there's not really any major twist where I'd be like "okay, that's cool." You don't find anything out about the infection...it's said that it's extraterrestrial, but how did it get there? Why weren't there problems with the other Apollo missions if it was there the whole time? Why did DoD send the astronauts if they knew it was there? What were the emitters supposed to do? They mention them like 50 times throughout the film, but I still don't know their purpose. What trashed their landing site? Why were the Russians on the moon at the same time? I have so many questions, but no answers are given or even really implied for these questions.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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