According to the U.S. Government, Apollo 17 was the last manned space mission to the moon. But what if there was film footage found that showed an Apollo 18 mission had in fact taken place, and explained why we hadn’t gone back to the moon since?
Warren Christie (Ben), Lloyd Owen (Nate), Ryan Robbins (John), Michael Kopsa (Deputy Sec. of Def.), Andrew Airlie (Mission Control), Kim Wylie (Laura), Noah Wylie (Ryan), Ali Liebert (Nate’s Girlfriend), Erica Carroll (John’s Fiancee).
The film begins by trying to convince us what we are about to be told is real and actually happened. The setup is simple enough, there was an Apollo 18 mission that was covered up by the government. The remainder of the film shows us that mission, concluding that it has proven why results of the mission were never made public. The concept is entertaining though a substantial suspension of reality is required. Despite that, there are some good BOO moments and a nice horror aspect though the hope of Moon Zombies dissolves much like any reality on which the film was based.
Acting was pretty good with Christie, Owen, and Robbins being the only real character interactions in the film. All three did nicely presenting decent emotion and realistic performances. Chemistry and engagement between the three felt authentic and brought a level of quality to the story.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good. The scratchy, grainy, cut-away scenes made sense but got a bit old after a while. Sets and backgrounds felt surprisingly realistic though it was amazing how clean things remained given the supposed volume of dust on the Moon. CGI was well done and understated enough to keep the film interesting. It could have easily taken over and turned Apollo 18 into a bad B-movie creature feature. Dialogue was decent though difficult to parse at times. Sound and soundtrack were a bit rough but probably as intended.
Overall Apollo 18 is a solid, mid-level horror flick with decent technical work, entertaining plot, and good delivery of most horror aspects. Sci-fi horror and thriller fans will enjoy this the most while those watching for the conspiracy aspect will likely be disappointed.
With some disturbing scenes, mild blood and gore, and foul language this should actually be fine for teens and above.
Apollo 18 is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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