Worst film of the year.
from Oxford/Nottingham, England
, 09 Sep 2011
Want to know one film to avoid? Not only in the cinema but on DVD/Blu-ray too? Well this is that film! The trailer actually makes the film seem okay, a cheesy predictable cheap horror that tries to establish that the apparently cancelled Apollo 18 mission really went ahead, and the footage from that mission is whats featured in the film.
It actually looks good, all of the footage used is grainy, old, seems as though it was shot back in the 60s. The colours are what youd expect to see on an old camera, dull, but Im pretty sure the Moon is a pretty dull place. Lots of shaky cam as well since a good chunk of the footage was apparently shot on handheld cameras by the astronauts/cosmonauts themselves. In fact it seemed to be shot in a style extremely similar to The Blair Witch Project. Thats fine, if done well. The acting was horrendous. The characters didnt feel like real people, who were really in space and in danger. You didnt care about them at all, didnt care about whether theyd live or die. Couple this with the fact that its so boring.
The danger that they (the astronauts) encounter, which is pretty much ruined in the trailer, is pathetic. Before seeing the film I thought it had potential, I like films like this, ones that have a few characters and start out slow but build up the tension. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Sadly Apollo 18, while sharing many of the similarities with those films doesnt have the same build up up of tension throughout the first part before releasing a wave of screams at the end. Im definitely a fan of scary films, whether they be a slasher type film (like Scream) or a more tension driven film (like Paranormal Activity). This just isnt any of those. It tries to be, that is evident, but it just fails on nearly every single level. As I said earlier the actual style of the film is probably the best, most well part of it.
I wonder how director Gonzalo López-Gallego, who hasnt directed anything Ive heard of (most of its Spanish) feels about all of the negativity the film has received. The 3 main astronauts (and really the only 3 people who do anything in the film) are also relatively unknown, at least they havent been in anything worth remembering.
Overall Ill give this film a big fat dont watch! Ever. Its painfully boring and even though a lot of bad horror films turn out to be funny, this didnt. The joint the worst film of the year (along with Your Highness).
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