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Apollo 18
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01.10.2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Gonzalo López-Gallego

Actors:
Warren Christie
Ryan Robbins
Lloyd Owen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Contrary to what the U.S. government wants you to believe, Apollo 18 did in fact go to the moon and super seriously encountered evil space crabs that were posing as rocks.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Can we declare the “found footage” genre dead already? The style can be effective when done properly, but most modern movies use it as a crutch or a gimmick to cover up poorly thought out plots.

Oh, hi APOLLO 18!

The biggest problem with this sci-fi take on the genre is how boring the majority of it is. Because of the format, there’s way too much walking around and dull conversations instead of actual, you know, scary things. The “spookiness” includes stuff like radio static and interference, shaky camera footage, power surges, and the occasional jump scare. Eventually one of the astronaut’s gets “infected” but it still lacks any excitement or real horror.

If APOLLO 18 was shot as a regular movie with better pacing and style it might be more effective, but the plot would still be like something out of a bad SyFy Channel movie. That plot? Space crabs. Yep, the rocks on the moon rocks are actually crustacean-like extraterrestrials hiding in plain sight. It’s like the stone creature from GALAXY QUEST except smaller and less threatening. And you never get a really good look at them, with the filmmakers hiding the bad CGI with shaky, blurry footage and even cheap tactics like strobe lights.

The moon setting is portrayed convincingly enough, but this material just isn’t sufficiently interesting to sustain a feature length movie. It's one of those cases where it's pretty obvious in the first five minutes what’s going on, but you have to wait around for an hour and change before the movie catches up with you. And despite all the government cover-ups and supposed lies from NASA, APOLLO 18 doesn’t even work as a conspiracy theory movie because the historical fiction aspect is so poorly conceived and executed.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (20:27): 16 quick bits that are on par with the rest of the movie (boring), with a couple more "scary" shaky cam scenes.

Alternate Endings (4:41): All four offer different ways the main character dies. None are all that interesting except for the one where he kills himself while chanting "Don’t come back to the moon!" That one’s funny.

Commentary by director Gonzalo Lopes-Gallego and editor Patrick Lussier: These guys muster up some enthusiasm for their film, but not enough to make it worth watching the movie.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Don't let any impressionable children watch APOLLO 18. Not because it's scary, but because it's so boring it might actually kill their dreams of becoming an astronaut someday.

Extra Tidbit: NASA actually had to issue a statement that the movie is fictional and not a real documentary.
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2:35PM on 01/10/2012

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I didn't think it was THAT bad. Worth a rental or a watch for sure. Had some well done moments and I sympathized with the astronauts in the film BIG time. Overall, I found it entertaining and unique amongst found footage films. 6/10
I didn't think it was THAT bad. Worth a rental or a watch for sure. Had some well done moments and I sympathized with the astronauts in the film BIG time. Overall, I found it entertaining and unique amongst found footage films. 6/10
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2:09PM on 01/10/2012
You know what? I'm still planning on seeing this movie. From what I gather of this review, there are possibly some not-so-well-executed special effects, but beyond that, the plot and the direction can't be judged from this review alone, because of the constantly subjective tone. Someone may actually enjoy the plot, or think that it's tightly directed; it's why some people see a hole and others see a doughnut. I like scifi-horror, and I like historical "what-ifs" - and honestly, the
You know what? I'm still planning on seeing this movie. From what I gather of this review, there are possibly some not-so-well-executed special effects, but beyond that, the plot and the direction can't be judged from this review alone, because of the constantly subjective tone. Someone may actually enjoy the plot, or think that it's tightly directed; it's why some people see a hole and others see a doughnut. I like scifi-horror, and I like historical "what-ifs" - and honestly, the "found footage" style is just a way of looking at a film, and not necessarily a genre or gimmick unto itself. Heck, if anything, this STILL sounds like a fun movie to me. So maybe I'll see it, and I'll think, "Wow, that's an hour and thirty minutes I'll never get back," but maybe I'll love it. Me? I'm still game.
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