Most people think Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. Most people are wrong. Like dead wrong. NASA, those scheming, secretive bastards, sent another spaceship to our orbiting little sister with the intent to explore a nearby crater and the unreported landing site of a Soviet craft. Apollo 18 gives a firsthand look at found footage from the mission.
Some footage was never meant to be found.
There is bad, and then there's really bad. Apollo 18 bounced around the release calendar for quite a while, finally crash landing in theaters in the moonscape wasteland of early September. It opened to terrible reviews, but terrible reviews are expected for a found footage movie.
I didn't expect Apollo 18 would be this bad. The movie is about two astronauts who encounter a not-so-friendly alien life form that could be the face sucker from Alien, or a rock, depending on its mood. The alien causes one of the men to go crazy and, when you're confined to a space the size of a Mini Cooper 238,000 miles from Earth, that can cause some conflict.
So... Apollo 18 is a psychological sci-fi thriller set in space. It couldn't be that bad, right?
The movie is an outright disaster. Limited by its limited setting, confined by the silence of space, beaten to an ashen pulp of moon dust by awful direction and writing, Apollo 18 takes an interesting enough premise and shows just how truly bad a movie can be. Scene by scene it's a cluttered mess, nearly unwatchable at times. The acting is subpar, but acting wouldn't have saved this wreck. The footage is hard to watch, and not remotely captivating. I lost interest after a few minutes and could barely pay attention through the rest of the film. I know more about the plot from the film's reveal-all trailer than I do from watching the movie.
Apollo 18 was lost for several decades. What did we do to God that caused this footage to be found?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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