Operation Avalanche Reviews

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October 1, 2016
"Operation Avalanche" is an inventive grab-bag of a film, a movie about making a movie that no one was supposed to know was a movie at all.
September 30, 2016
That's one small step for Apollo 11 hoaxers, one giant leap for Matt Johnson.
September 30, 2016
Part mockumentary, party black comedy, part action-adventure and part cinematic dare, the movie is a bizarre, engrossing creation that will leave audiences either delighted or baffled, though never bored.
September 29, 2016
A send-up like this works far better for a few minutes on the small screen (see Documentary! or Drunk History); at feature length it becomes a stylistic exercise, like a kid mugging for the camera through an Instagram filter.
September 23, 2016
Ingeniously using his low budget to address his ambitions, Johnson has directed, co-written (and starred in) a unique science-fiction film.
September 22, 2016
A bright idea can only take a movie so far. Mission not accomplished.
September 21, 2016
Forget about the incongruous use of movie posters; the mugging these nerdy CIA agents display would give Milton Berle cause for alarm.
September 16, 2016
You can only coast so far on a novel idea's fumes, and Operation Avalanche doesn't go far enough.
September 15, 2016
"Operation Avalanche" weaves well-known conspiracy theories into a goofily entertaining satire of youthful ambition co-opted as a tool of government intrigue.
Top Critic
September 15, 2016
Think Christopher Guest crossed with the Jackass guys.
September 15, 2016
Johnson, who's not even 30, is undoubtedly a talent to watch (major studios have already come calling), but Operation Avalanche is a small step rather than a giant leap.
September 15, 2016
A cute, spunky found-footage thriller undone by a lumpy plot and a weak ending, "Operation Avalanche" revisits the urban legend that the moon landing was faked, with some fresh twists.
September 15, 2016
Alas, while modern technology allows for impressive, convincing effects work on a comparatively tiny budget, the basic concept itself hasn't improved with age. Clever ideas are still in short supply.
September 15, 2016
It's as dizzying as it sounds, but more the fun-house version of disorienting.
September 12, 2016
The film attains a chilly existential quality as Matt Johnson's character discerns the weight of his actions.
May 3, 2016
It's a clever idea, beautifully executed - the footage is convincingly period, and the scenes of them working through the specifics are a hoot.
March 16, 2016
Matthew Johnson may not have his big breakout with Operation Avalanche, but there is enough here to suggest that he possesses the triple-threat skills to build a comedy auteur career on the model of (hyperbole alert!) Woody Allen or Albert Brooks.
March 15, 2016
If you appreciate the meta quality of Johnson infiltrating NASA to make this movie then you'll really get swept up in the material that focuses on him making a movie within the movie.
February 1, 2016
While Operation Avalanche has its share of humour, the clever problem-solving the crew devises is extraordinary, and considerably sharper than the James Brolin-OJ Simpson vehicle Capricorn One.
February 1, 2016
Despite the inherent silliness of that premise, Johnson captures a unique climate of Cold War era paranoia while keeping the material fast and fun.
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