Movie review: Apollo 18

When I first saw trailers for Gonzalo López-Gallego’s Apollo 18, I thought it looked like a pretty damned good movie. The premise is the officially cancelled Apollo 18 mission actually did go to the moon in December 1974, and what they found there is the reason we haven’t gone back since. Here’s the trailer, in case you missed it:

Pretty cool, no? And when it finally hit home video, I figured it was time I finally watched it, even though the distributor pushed back it’s theatrical release eight times and put a review embargo on it. Not good signs. But hey, one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, did practically no business at all at the box office, so you can’t always tell by a a studio not backing its product or a weak box office performance.

Unfortunately, Apollo 18 was no Sunshine. Despite able performances from Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, and Ryan Robbins, the narrative took forever to pick up momentum. Even at 86 minutes, it felt padded. Should’ve maybe been half that long. Also, the Blair Witch-style found-footage format was both implausible (I can’t tell you how many times I leaned over to my wife and asked: “Who’s filming this now?”) and distracting. I’m not sophisticated enough to tell you why The Blair Witch Project succeeded and Apollo 18 didn’t, but I suspect it had to do with the cinematography and editing. Let’s go with that.

The premise behind the movie is intriguing, though, and like Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, there’s probably a good movie in there somewhere. I just had a hard time finding it.

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6 Responses to “Movie review: Apollo 18”

  1. I agree that the movie failed to live up to its good premise. A disappointment for we sci-fi buffs.

  2. Yep, Solaris was another good one. I’d rather watch that than space opera dreck, which puts me in the minority, I suppose.

  3. I’m impressed by your writing. Are you a porfessional or just very knowledgeable?

  4. pozycjonowanie Says:

    Thanks man. This is interesting hearing

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