You know, That Blair Witch movie started a trend. One that gave us Paranormal Activity and it’s subsequent sequel. And a third one coming up. And numerous other films shot in that immediate, hand held video style. And with that comes all sorts of little effects that you have to apply to it to make it all “realistic”. It’s not always that bad, until you do one that is supposed to be a found film from the 1970’s. Talk about applying effects to the film. Wow.
Apollo 18 was supposedly the last “secret” mission to the moon. NASA sends a couple guys to the moon to put some devices on the surface to record stuff – surveillance type equipment. But when they get there, they find out they may not be alone.
Crazy stuff starts happening, but not until at least half way through. The actors are great, though. I buy each one of them and they do a fine job. The CG effects are great. It all fits seamlessly into the film and the altered 1970’s effects. But these effects get a little irritating after a while. There is a lot of flares and weird super 8 cuts, adn lines and graininess and I get tired of it before too long. I guess that isn’t TOO much of a problem, especially compared to the fact that the movie takes too long to get to the scary parts.
Earlier on there are a couple of eerie visuals, like what appears to be movement of some kind out on the surface of the moon. Is it a rock? Is it a creature? A person? Don’t know. But then there’s nothing for a long time. And this movie is only about 90 minutes long, so it seems to last a lot longer. And with much of the film taking place inside a lunar module, well, you can see how one might get as bored as the astronauts inside that thing.
I will give them credit, though. What they encounter on the moon is pretty ingenious without being silly. They went in the right direction – keeping things somewhat realistic based on the context they had to work in.
The last act of the film is definitely the best. The tension is high and there a couple cool scenes. Unfortunately, it seems too litle, too late. And to top it off, the end is a little bit of a let down. Minor spoiler: this is one of those movies that actually would have benefitted from one of those creepy endings where it may – or may not – be resolved. Or even if they left some lingering dread. But it doesn’t. There won’t likely be an Apollo 19.
Apollo 18 also would work well on the small screen seeing as it has an element of claustrophobia. I recommend this only if you can catch this on DVD or streaming on your tv. And if you have a little time to kill one evening. Keep the lights off, too.
Pushing three kittenhands. Maybe two and a half. Meh.
~Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, starting to get as tired of this shooting style as I am 3D.