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Apollo 18 (2011)

Gonzalo López-Gallego  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Gonzalo López-Gallego
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,375 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apollo 18" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The found-footage horror genre requires an unusual amount of give and take between filmmakers and their audience, with receptive viewers using their imagination to fill in the blanks that teasingly lie just beyond the camera's narrow viewfinder. Apollo 18 boasts a novel setting and a nicely conspiratorial vibe, but suffers by its tendency to reveal too much too soon. Told via a combination of surveillance footage and artfully cruddy 16mm, the film follows a final covert moon landing, with its crew tasked to set up cameras in the ominous interests of national security. As the astronauts deal with a malfunctioning capsule, a series of unusual events suggests that the lunar population is a number greater than two. Director Gonzalo López-Gallego makes fine, spooky use of the claustrophobic interiors and vast desolate exterior (a strobe-lit sequence set in a dark crater is destined to bring on the whim-whams), aided by a terrific sound design and some creepily invasive jump-scares. (Remember, astronauts: always check your helmets.) Unfortunately, the promisingly ominous mood of the film's first half gets diffused with the decision to show what exactly is out there knocking on the airlock, a revelation that starts out hard to swallow and quickly becomes, well, pretty silly, frankly. Although the originality of the premise and the downbeat '70s ending ensures that fans of the genre will still find much to like about Apollo 18, a less concrete menace could've made it soar. --Andrew Wright

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Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 7, 1972, was the last manned mission to the moon. But two years later, in December of 1974, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.

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165 of 177 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Houston, we have a REALLY big problem." September 2, 2011
By Ian
"Found footage" horror films are a dime a dozen these days, having started to wear out their welcome, from "The Blair Witch Project" to "Cloverfield" to "Paranormal Activity", one can't help but feel that "Apollo 18" falls into the trap of trying to ride on the coattails of those who came before, and at a time where the genre seems to be wearing itself thin. Thankfully however, "Apollo 18" manages to distinguish itself enough to stand on it's own legs, and deliver a satisfying experience.

"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.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie September 15, 2011
I watched this movie at the theater last night. I like science fiction movies and "found footage movies" a lot. This movie, given its alleged low budget, is really well made. It looks as if you were watching an authentic recording of a moon mission gone very wrong. As everyone at this point knows, these movie endings are never good for the characters involved, and anyone expecting otherwise should not even bother to watch them.
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.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Suppose, following the official final lunar mission of Apollo 17 in December 1972, that the once-aborted Apollo 18 mission had been taken over by the Pentagon and sent to the Moon on a highly secret mission? That's the premise behind the 2011 film APOLLO 18, a film that is not only a conspiracy tract, but also something of an outer-space shocker a la the 1979 blockbuster ALIEN.

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....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had very mixt feelings when I finished watching this film. I rate it three stars (which means "It is OK"), because it was not bad enough for me to hate it - but also certainly not good enough to be liked. Below, some more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

As we learn at the very beginning of the film, this is the story of the "Apollo 18" lunar mission - which officially never took place. It seems however, that some conspiracy theory passionates found "lost footage" filmed during this mission - the film is supposed to be a kind of "you tube" viewing of those miraculously recovered tapes...

Three astronauts were send to the Moon in "Apollo 18", which officially was an unmanned probe - it was necessary to invent this cover story to deceive the public, as it is a little bit hard to conceal the take-off of a Saturn V giant rocket from Cape Canaveral... Commander Nathan Walker and Captain Ben Walker were supposed to land on the Moon and deploy some special electronic captors for the Department of Defense (the official reason why this mission is so secret) - Lieutenant-Colonel John Grey was supposed to stay in the orbiter and wait for the return (the same procedure as in real lunar manned mission).

Well, as you can see on the cover, at least one of them will land on Moon and he will have a great number of reasons to regret it... No more spoilers here.

Now, visually this film is a very good thing - the "lost footage" seems really like something that could really have been taken during a genuine lunar mission. Spaceships interiors and lunar landscape were well done, no argument there. Actors were unknown to me, but they did a good job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars was alright. -
Was a good movie. Weird though to think that all those moon rocks that were taken to earth for presents or gifts were really stolen or disappeared. Talk about Clearance! Read more
Published 7 days ago by AKjonesy
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG; I may not sleep for a week!
Incredible! Genius! The hair on the back of my neck is straight up and I think I have permanent chills. Seriously, this movie is that creepy. What makes this film work? Read more
Published 8 days ago by Beej
1.0 out of 5 stars Apollo 18
This is by far the worst movie I have ever watched. It is not worth the money.
I wish I could return it and get my money back! This should be taken out of your inventory. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Samuel A. Jones, Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time and money.
This is called entertainment ? Not in my book.

The storyline was predictible and utterly boring. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Steven Bassett
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful movie
First of all, trying to watch this movie was extremely difficult. The camera shots/angles were haphazard and was constantly jumping around. Read more
Published 26 days ago by whammer
1.0 out of 5 stars EXPIRED DIGITAL COPY!!!!!!!!
Love the movie but when I tried to download my digital copy from my JUST PURCHASED Blu-ray and DVD which included a downloadable Digital copy it didn't work. Read more
Published 27 days ago by David Helton
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
"Found Footage" movies have really taken off since The Blair Witch Project, which was really well done in my point of view, but this movie was just terrible.
Published 1 month ago by TechGeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Apollo 18
This is a 5 star movie with a B movie rating, some of the plot is reminiscent of the 50's sci fi genre. fun and with monsters!
Published 1 month ago by RUSTININSEATTLE
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just ok
Very boring yet interesting found footage film. Nothing really happens at all in this movie but for some reason I was drawn into it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cward55
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist with the slow beginning
Great movie the twist I good too, not going to give anything away, but it makes you think days after you watch it, would recommend to the horror movie lovers!
Published 3 months ago by Beth
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