Apollo 18 is yet another movie with so called true premise, that isn’t exactly true. In this case most of the facts were made up and what was actually true, was cleverly used in plot. So I think that they should stop misleading people with these “true stories”. Also it is following a now popular genre set by Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity with “documentary” style of film-making, but Apollo 18 has a mild case of this condition. To my surprise movie looks good, visuals are okay and camera work was a bit below average but still acceptable. Now let’s move on to the story, loosely based on some true facts, like that there was only one mission to moon with actual human beings. It builds up quite slowly, hoping that the tension and expectation will fill the lack of events. After it picks up it is quite good and enjoyable, still far from the cult classics but acceptable for one viewing, especially if you are a science fiction fan. The claustrophobia and emptiness of Moon’s surface are two more factors that increase the viewing pleasure. If you like something like this check out Moon with Sam Rockwell and upcoming movie Iron Sky.

Apollo 18 went to the moon in 1973, but its mission is shrouded in mystery. The official story is that they were sent to the Moon to place detectors to alert the United States of any impending ICBM attacks from the USSR. Even now there is no clue what the hell happened there. But as it turns out a footage of cameras on Apollo 18 has been found, but its content is almost unbelievable. What the astronauts found on the Moon on this seemingly routine mission is up to you to find out…

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego

Cast: Warren Christie, Ryan Robbins, Ali Liebert, Lloyd Owen, Andrew Airlie, Michael Kopsa

Fun Facts: Not screened in advance for critics.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772240/

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