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Apollo 18

apollo 18
Starring:
Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen and Ryan Robbins


Rated: PG-13  
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 2, 2011 Released by: Dimension Films

This tedious, threadbare faux documentary uses The Blair Witch Project template to lure in indiscriminating horror fans from supposedly found NASA footage.
 
Apollo 18 stars Lloyd Owens, Warren Christie, and Ryan Robbins, and starts with interviews and home footage before revealed an unknown mission to the moon after the 1972 seemingly final Apollo 17 mission. Freedom and Liberty are named for the orbiting and landing modules as the manned flight entailed a payload of surveillance equipment and collection of 'rocks'. Of course, strange things begin to happen as Owens' Nathan Walker and Christie's Ben Anderson hear strange rumblings and footprints when checking out a nearby crater with no U.S. flag standing anywhere. Robbins's John Grey, meanwhile tries to stay in contact with his fellow astronauts.
 
Under Gonzalo Lopez Gallego's uninspired direction, scribe Brian Miller can't inject much personality for the characters to inhabit or life in the proceedings, which for many, may make it cinematically lost in space. An ominous mood is established from the lunar landscape and sounds as there is a nod to the Cold War in this 'lunar truth' which purportedly leads back the U.S. Defense Department.
 
Nevertheless, with an unbeknownst public kept in the dark (often like the viewer with all of the aural and visual fuzzy and grainy trappings), producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and editor Patrick Lussier (who's been used better by horror master Wes Craven) just spread an absurd illusion from the banal talk and queasy, en vogue lensing as any chance of story or character are spread under rock samples. Even if they provide a semblance of reality from the performers relatively unknown star status and the melding of recreations and archival/news clips.
 
It would safe to say that NASA wouldn't condone this explanation why "we've never gone back to the moon." This Cloverfield-like lunar claim does lean on Ridley Scott's Alien and might register a little with Outer Limits buffs, but is too shockly and stale than scary as fans get ready for Paranormal Activity 3.

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