Genre: Science fiction, sci-fi horror, found-footage
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego
Cast: Lloyd Owen, Warren Christie, Ryan Robbins
“The film’s premise is that the officially canceled Apollo 18 mission was actually launched in December 1974 but never returned, and as a result the United States has never launched another expedition to the Moon. The film is shot in a mockumentary found-footage style, supposedly of the lost footage of the Apollo 18 mission that was only recently discovered. The film is López-Gallego’s first English-language film” (Wikipedia).
Verdict: The estimated production budget of Apollo 18 was 5 million US dollars. I think I could’ve done a better job with half a million ringgit. I believe I could’ve gotten more than just 3 actors too. This film is just a very mediocre attempt on producing a space version of Paranormal Activity. Readers, take my advice, avoid Apollo 18 at all cost.
What’s the point of … filming a movie in found-footage style when things are circled, zoomed in and replayed in slow motion instead of having them obvious enough to be noticed by the viewers themselves? Realism out the window.
What’s admirable: Moon rock spiders, convincing sound effects, and the idea of gaining attention by having a similar title as the popular 1995 Oscars-winning film.
The epilogue statement is a fact: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) “At the conclusion of the movie is a statement to the effect that the Nixon Administration gave away hundreds of moon rocks to dignitaries around the world and now many of these moon rocks are lost or stolen. This statement has special significance with respect to the central plot of the movie. This claim is accurate as the Nixon and Ford Administrations gave away 135 Apollo 11 Moon Rocks and 135 Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rocks and now as many as 160 of those moon rocks are lost, destroyed or stolen” (Wikipedia). (SPOILER ENDS HERE)
Rating: 0.5 / 5
Second opinion: “……. Speechless.” (Iris Loong).
The premiere screening of the film was courtesy of Nuffnang.