Apollo 18 details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins|
|Genres:||Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Collections:||December - LOVEFiLM Picks|
|Run time:||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Dec 2011|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Why make a found footage faux documentary if you are going to cut the thing as if it's a Hollywood action movie?
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Worst film of the year.By TanujDua (6 reviews) from Oxford/Nottingham, England , 09 Sep 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]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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Pant, pants, pants!By CarlosV (1 review) , 18 Dec 2012What an absolutley appauling script! Loved the actual footage used but thats where it stops! I gave this a rating of two but that was only because of the actual footage used.
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no to this filmBy Karo (1 review) , 08 Dec 2012Boring boring boring. for all the people that think this is the worse film they've seen...have you seen 'The Road' yet?? :-\ same level of boring but here even the acting was horrible
Typical Shaky Cam movieBy IAmAViking (9 reviews) from Warrington , 27 Nov 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI don't get what all the bad reviews are about. It's a 'found footage' or 'shaky cam' movie. You should know what to expect by now. You either like them or you don't. If you don't, then stop watching them!
They're all generally uneventful and a little dull until the last third of the movie where something slightly creepy or weird happens.
Apollo 18 is no different, apart from it's set on the moon instead of in a forest or a cave. It's like a documentary where not much happens, we get to know the people involved, then something very slightly creepy happens towards the end. That's pretty much it. Same as all the others.
It's not bad, it's not great. It's just a little boring.
rather dullBy Awarkle (7 reviews) , 26 Nov 2012the problem with this film is they tried to build suspense but it basically failed i fast forwarded through most of this film and it was still boring.
i think it would have been a far better film if they dropped the pov filming once the lander had landed. i hope directors now consign pov filming to the grave they really dont work
Don't let bad reviews fool you.By a customer , 23 Nov 2012Lots of bad reviews, I guess you have to be open minded. I enjoyed it anyway, it was one of the best person behind the camera film I have seen for a while, very realistic and I had butterfly's in my stomach. I know when a film is really bad and I got to give credit to the people who made this film. I am not sure what the bad reviewers were expecting when they got this film, an Oscar winning performance perhaps. I couldn't have made a film any better so after you watch it ask yourself the same question. I hope they make a sequel, if they do I will watch it.