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Sunday, September 4, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: APOLLO 18

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APOLLO 18



NASA's canceled trip to the moon in the 1970s is the basis for this found-footage-style picture exploring the urban legend surrounding that mission -- what if Apollo 18 actually did occur and the proof of extraterrestrial life exists on film? Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov produces the film, with Spanish director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego taking on helming duties. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

Cast: Lloyd Owen, Warren Christie

Release Date: Sep 02, 2011

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing sequences and language

Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.

Genres: Suspense/Thriller

Review:

I’m generally a big fan of the “found footage” films; the genre is just a lot of fun for me. Typically though the films are done on a very small budget and really kind of hit some primal nerve that really digs deep. Apollo 18 sounds like an interesting concept but once we get into the meat of the film it just meanders along, hitting very obvious points and providing maybe one or 2 jump scares. I’m not sure if it could have worked with a better set up or if the antagonist of the film just come off as too silly to be scary. The concept works and I appreciated the mixing of actual archival footage with the film giving it’s a semblance of authenticity. The cast does what’s it’s asked and they fit their parts well but the roles are all terribly underwritten. The story is fairly straightforward and just feels like Blair Witch NASA. It never grabs you and is only mildly interesting making a short film feel incredibly long.

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6 comments:

  1. ugh.the shaky camera effect is so incredibly annoying. i'm really disappointed to hear this wasn't good. the trailer really draws me in

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  2. I really like the premise of this. The idea of mixing an historical event with a sc-fi element has real appeal. But like so often it sounds like a great idea has been blown.

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  3. Thanks for reading Diana!

    Trailer really intrigued me to Candice, execution was just a big let down.

    Brent, the concept was really attractive to me, could have been better with a stronger script.

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  4. I'm a sucker for these films but I always find them unfulfilling as there is no closure.
    I saw this and enjoyed it but just like Paranormal, Cloverfield, and Blair Witch - I left wanting more.
    I should have read your review before I went. :(

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  5. I am too Lew but for some reason this was just played it all too simply and straightfoward, nothing was really surprising about ita nd I like all those flicks you mentioned as well.

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