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Apollo 18

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Apollo 18
Directed by Gonzalo Lpez-Gallego
The Weinstein Company
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The Moon is made not of green cheese but sentient space rocks in Apollo 18, which purports to be an edited assembly of "real" declassified recordings from the covert titular 1974 lunar mission. Ostensibly tasked with installing Cold War anti-missile systems, three American astronauts instead discover that Russians—who seem to have made their own secret voyage to the same remote vicinity, and have now disappeared—are a far less urgent threat than extraterrestrial entities of a sneaky shape-shifting nature. Director Gonzalo López-Gallego's mock-verité aesthetics involve endlessly blurry, scratchy video (shot by a laughably implausible number of different cameras) and otherworldly howls that ineffectively strive to create suspense from half-glimpsed shadows and indecipherable screaming. His this-is-authentic conceit is by now a tediously corny device, and his story delivers no scares during the interminably long, uneventful build-up to its deflating climax. Nefarious government plots, nostalgic home movies, skeletal cosmonaut corpses, bodily infection, and creepy-crawly aliens all eventually factor into the droning action, which indulges in so much distractingly herky-jerky handheld cinematography that any sense of claustrophobic terror is impossible to maintain. It's a conspiracy theory-pandering film that merely reconfirms that most entries in the "found-footage" horror subgenre should remain lost.

 
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6 comments
Aussie_Aspergian
Aussie_Aspergian

Lol Jack, nobody cares what you think. You have asbergers.

Craigbanner
Craigbanner

Is this supposed to be a review? It looks like it was written by a highschooler. Total cut/paste basics... kinda hoped for more than just, "I don't like shakey camera movies so don't see it."

Really need to note spoilers btw.

Blah
Blah

I don't see how revealing what the "aliens" are CAN'T be considered a complete and utter spoiler. Completely agree with the dr.

Jack
Jack

Well, in fairness "drmcmullan," I have seen the film and I don't agree that they've spilled anything in the first sentence. However in future, my advice would be for you to avoid the reviews if you don't want some idea of what happens in the film.

The funny thing is this review said less than most of the reviews out there!

drmcmullan
drmcmullan

I haven't seen the movie, but now I guess I don't have to because you apparently spilled the secret in the first sentence of your review. Whether you liked it or not, I expect movie reviewers to just review the movie and not reveal the secrets. It's a dis-service to the readers.

Akinsope
Akinsope

Totally agree. What a disappointment!

 

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