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Apollo 18 Movie Review

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Apollo 18 Movie ReviewI just came back from seeing Apollo 18 and am ready to report in with my completely spoiler free review. Because nobody likes when a review spoils a movie now do we?

For the longest time the studio has been plugging Apollo 18 and the viral buzz has actually been pretty intense for a film that has like many moon missions had a few too many failures to start. The movie’s release date has had some pretty serious bumps including one where it was slated to come out in 30days and the studio then yanked it back an entire year.

With the recent PR efforts the big push for the studio PR people has been to pitch the movie as a real story based on ‘found footage’ ala Blair Witch and that has both intrigued and annoyed fans. The film starts off with the premise that the entire film was shot using almost 100 hours of found footage from the Apollo 18 flight.

Apollo 18 is basically about a secret mission to mars that was never before revealed. The entire film is shot in point of view video with heavy emphasis on the footage being ‘found’ and not shot. At times it works quite effectively and at other times the filmmakers seem to have forgotten that it’s a point of view film and thought they were shooting 28 Days Later in the visual look and feel.

Apollo 18 is a cleverly thought out film that for the most part is pretty damn creepy and well executed and I give plenty of credit to the production team for being able to capture the look of the 60’s and actually make you feel like you’re in a lunar capsule.

Apollo 18 is definitely not going to hold a candle to Blair Witch but it’s fair to make the comparison that it’s a cross between Blair Witch Meets Cloverfield… in space. There is no nausea inducing shaky cam that turned most of us off of Cloverfield and thanks to a truly interesting concept so long as your willing to suspend reality you will find something to love in this creepy take on space. Think of it as Apollo 13 meets X-Files with a nasty little secret much darker then moon rocks waiting for them on the moon.

Many have asked why did we not go back to the moon after 17 Apollo Space Missions. Most people like myself assume it is because after 17 missions and many years studying a frozen space moon with no life it looses any scientific purpose. Apollo 18 manages to add a spooky and disturbing angle that although predictable at times is creepy and entertaining and gives a much darker reason for why we never went back to the moon and why it might be in our best interests to never do so.

If you enjoyed Blair Witch, Super 8 or Paranormal Activity I think you will find something to love in Apollo 18. If docu-horror films are not your cup of tea I would suggest renting it on DVD or passing altogether. 7 out of 10 stars.

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      1. Brian Mitchell September 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        well I for one didn’t care for Blair Witch at all, There was nothing creepy about that movie as to me it was a waste of time going to see and considering they made a sequel on it because of the success is beyond me. Anywho I also didn’t care for Paranormal Activity neither part 1 was do-able but part 2 was absolutely awful.  Super 8 on the other hand was decent because the movie wasn’t based off a monster solely.  Cloverfield had its moments to be phenomenal and didn’t deliver mainly because I live in the heart of New York and sick and tired of movies destroying New York, It’s played out.  I for one though will see Apollo 18 because the virals looked strong and the trailers and the story seem very interesting.  Thanks for the review! Kudos!

      2. Jennifer Hill September 3, 2011 at 2:14 am

        I admit it. I love found footage style, I love isolationism in flicks, and this movie is awesome. While Blair Witch was creepy, the guys in Apollo 18 actually make you care about them. They care about each other and you want them to win.  Thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.

      3. Bryan September 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        I’m with Jenn above, I love found footage films.  I was intrigued by ‘Apollo 18’s’ trailers, but now that Meh has given the thumbs-up, definite watch for me.

      4. Beetho91 September 4, 2011 at 12:39 am

        I think the footage was a rip-off of the beginning of the “The Last Days of Planet Earth” and I was disappointed.  They could have done so much more with CGI and had good resolution of the film’s “grainy” texture when they were in real time.  Four of us went, none of us liked it.

      5. planter2d September 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

        This movie stunk and badly. Don’t go see it……please.  I had been anxiously awaiting this movies release, which kept being put off for whatever reason.  The trailers I had seen six??? months or more ago showed footage that was never shown in the movie.  As written by others above, the movie was based on found footage.  There isn’t one ounce of logic to any of it. The entire premise of the movie doesn’t make sense.  NASA taken over by DOD.  Sending space craft up, three men up, with no intentions of them returning, no footage brought back,accomplishing nothing. None of it makes sense, not even in movie land.

      6. planter2d September 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

        This movie stunk and badly. Don’t go see it……please.  I had been anxiously awaiting this movies release, which kept being put off for whatever reason.  The trailers I had seen six??? months or more ago showed footage that was never shown in the movie.  As written by others above, the movie was based on found footage.  There isn’t one ounce of logic to any of it. The entire premise of the movie doesn’t make sense.  NASA taken over by DOD.  Sending space craft up, three men up, with no intentions of them returning, no footage brought back,accomplishing nothing. None of it makes sense, not even in movie land.

      7. planter2d September 4, 2011 at 4:34 am

        To continue, this movie is truly terrible and I am trying real hard to save you some money.  Or go see something else with the same money on movie night.  The movie was short.  This movie is destined to end up being a C- television movie that will probably end showing by the end of the month.  Seriously folks, whoever reads this, I have seen lots of movies, good, great and the so so.  This probably ranks as the worst movie I have ever seen.  And after so much anticipation.  Please, please, read this and don’t waste your money.  If you see the movie anyway and disagree, please write back and let’s discuss. 

      8. Larry Jamison September 5, 2011 at 4:35 am

        I agree with the folks that felt Apollo 18 is disappointing and a waste of our movie money. I was hoping that there would be more answers when I tried to go to the web site the original footage was supposed to have been uploaded to: lunartruth.com but either there is no such site or NASA has taken it down. When you go to Google and just look for Apollo 18, 19 or 20 you do discover hits that say there really was a conspiracy which has to do with a whistle blower astronaut by the name of William Rutledge who retired to South Africa. If you stayed for all the titles of Apollo 18, you soon realize you were “had” when you see the usual credits…including things like “Panavision Camera’s” which would not have been on NASA missions. 

      9. Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 5:08 am

        Very odd that NASA shut down the lunartruth.com site citing “unauthorized use of intellectual property”.

      10. E from NLV September 15, 2011 at 5:45 am

        We saw Apollo 18 this afternoon. We have been waiting a long time to see it and it wasn’t worth the wait. The story was ok, but rock spiders? At first I thought this was gonna be like Alien with a creature making a body busting exit.
        I would’ve thought that they would’ve had better flashlights for surveying the darkened craters. I would like to think that when they found their land rover partially damaged and the flag in shreds, they would leave. I would like to think that the astronaut who was orbiting the moon, knowing that he was about to be on a serious collision course with the Russian ship (and his friend a goner) that he would take evasive maneuvers.
        And I didn’t think Blair Witch Project was all that impressive or scary so comparisons to me are that I should’ve waited till it hits cable tv.

      11. Captain Jonathan McKay November 11, 2011 at 12:44 am

        Good review, much agreed ( although not a mission to mars!!!) this is an excellent film, not upto the standard of paranormal activity, but commendable. The real letdown was the use of mainstream actors, which ruined the realness. Overall a good watch though :)

      12. Stephen Hayes January 6, 2012 at 1:38 am

        how r u gonna write sumthing bout a movie and say a completely different place than the movie took place its wasnt a secret mission to mars dumbass it was the moon