Apollo 18

8 Jan

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego

Writer: Brian Miller

Stars: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen and Ryan Robbins

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 86 minutes

 

 

This is another of those films set up as being based upon authentic, but disputed and previously unseen footage. That was the case with Troll Hunter, but that film stayed true to the premise and provided far more entertainment. In this case we have footage of a secret Apollo lunar mission that may or may not have ended in mystery and tragedy in 1973.

I can see more of these mockumentary style movies being released as the costs of digital film-making equipment decrease and the influence of the Internet increases. As with the Wikileaks phenomenon, this film Apollo 18 comes with its own conspiracy website in place. That’s clever, but unfortunately the underpinning movie is not. This is a really poor film. It only lasts for about 80 minutes, but it still drags and there is very little tension for what is set up as a scary thriller.

In part defence of the film there are some nice 1970’s type jumpy and grainy shots. The big problem, however, is that those more authentic sequences are in the minority and interspersed between far more modern, clean and clichéd set pieces. And when the film gets to the moon there are cameras everywhere which again undermines the basic premise of authentic and unseen 1970’s footage.

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