Apollo 18 (Blu-ray)
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"Apollo 18" follows the tale of the final, top-secret mission to the moon. Assembled from top-secret footage taken during the mission itself, we follow the three astronauts as they head to the moon to put up several audio recorders, so the good old US of A can get an edge on those pesky commies in Russia. However, shortly after landing, they make a shocking discovery and realize that their mission has become incredibly dangerous.
There's a lot that can't be said about "Apollo 18" without giving away some nice surprises, but I can say this: "Apollo 18" has the advantage of multiple camera angles and intimacy going for it. Unlike similar films, the action here is filmed from multiple angles (mounted cameras in the spaceship, hand held, cameras on suits, etc.), so that we constantly have new things to look at, rather then shaky footage shot from a single camera. I also really enjoyed the sense of loneliness that the movie creates: We never leave the three astronauts, and as the film goes on, the tension and dread really build, and culminates in a very memorable climax.
For all that it gets right, there are a few areas where "Apollo 18" stumbles: For one thing, it's not all that scary.Read more ›
I give this movie five stars because I really inmersed myself in the plot. The dark, isiolated, barren moonscape is incredibly well made, as well as the spaceships visual details and sounds. The acting was excellent, and the moon creatures convincing.
The premise of this pseudo-documentary sci-fi enterprise is that, under a cloak of secrecy so great that apparently not even the same American media that uncovered the truth of Watergate knows about, the Department of Defense sent a three-man crew to the Moon on Apollo 18 in December 1974 on an errand that the crew clearly knew nothing about beforehand. Everything seems to go well at first; the two men (Warren Christie; Lloyd Owen) who land on the Moon in the lunar module "Liberty" make their landing as routine as anything we saw during the real Apollo program (with the exception, of course, of the Apollo 13 mission of 1970, which almost took a fatal turn). But once they get there, they discover what would appear to be an actual Russian lunar module a mere three miles from their landing site; and when they enter the module, they see the interior is in a shambles, with blood over the control panels, and a couple of very dead Russian cosmonauts. Even more, Own and Christie discover tracks made on the Moon's surface that are neither theirs nor those of the cosmonauts--indicating, of course, extra-terrestrial life (a premise that defies a lot of scientific credibility since, at least during the actual Apollo missions, no evidence of such a thing was ever found on the Moon's airless surface). But then the extra-terrestrial creatures, which look like mini-crabs, appear out of the lunar rocks, and then....Read more ›
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i havn't actually seen it yet, but i watch the trailor, and it sounds like a great movie !Published 4 days ago by glenpollard
While I'll admit to having enjoyed the film, I wish they could have done a little more to fill out the story. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marcus E. Sharpe
Don't waste your money on Blu-ray. If you really want this movie go for it on DVD. All the footage is made to appear as 1970's reception from the moon.Published 24 days ago by Kermit J.
Although it claims to be fiction, it's a very accurate reenactment of what happened on the Apollo 18 missionPublished 25 days ago by Dan Cooper
Believe it or not I never watched Blair Witch Project and I have never seen a "found footage" film before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by That's Life