Apollo 18

Apollo 18 (2011)

Apollo 18 (2011)

Officially, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon.  This is the found footage that shows that there was one other…and goes on to show why we never went back.  The Apollo 18 crew lands on the moon to find that not only have the Russians been there under mysterious circumstances, but that they are not alone.  Curiosity turns into suspicion, which turns into dread before it’s all over.

This is a movie of unrealized potential.  The premise is strong as is most of the acting.  Found footage films are getting tired, though, and while this has a slightly new twist simply because it’s so “old”, it’s one of the least plausible ones in terms of the footage coming to light.  Far more troubling, though, is the haphazard writing.  There are some good moments of tension, but at times it feels like you don’t know what’s going to happen next because the writers didn’t know either.  The aliens are poorly thought out and, to be honest, I’m still not entirely certain what they were.  Hiding your monsters isn’t bad in itself – it’s often very effective, in fact.  But there needs to be some sort of consistent idea as to what they are and what they would look like if we could see them.  That was a big annoyance with this film.

Overall, there’s enough suspense to make this film worth watching.  It has some good moments.  But it could have had many more, better ones.

 

Stars: 3.5/5

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