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"Apollo 18" - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Weinstein Company
Genre:
Sci - Fi
Release Date:
December 27, 2011
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

The Apollo 13 mission was a piece of cake compared to "Apollo 18". Taking the "found footage" and conspiracy theor to absurd extremes, the makers of "Apollo 18" propose that the space program continued AFTER Apollo 17 and a secret DOD mission was sent up to set up ICBM monitoring devices on the moon. There was one problem. The astronauts found out we aren't alone.***

The film itself has plot holes big enough to fly the now retired space shuttle through and the film is all set up with very little in the way of plot development. The main flaw that dogs ALL found footage type of films also exists here--we really can't have much in the way of dramatic developments because we can't SEE everything that has happened outside the scope of the camera shooting the "real" drama. The film feels padded at a paltry 90 minutes and seems twice as long. The premise and execution might have worked well as an episode of "The Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits" but without any major plot developments over the course of 90 minutes (look their doing another EVA)the film feels 89 minutes too long.***

There's the kernal of a good idea in "Apollo 18" but because of the execution and decision to shoot it as a "found footage" type of film, the plot isn't allowed to pop to life and fulfill its potential. "Apollo 18" would have worked much better as a science fiction or horror thriller shot like "Alien".***

Image & Sound:

If you bought the Blu-ray for this you've wasted your money as the image quality is comparable to a standard DVD. The director does a nice job of mixing real NASA footage with the soundstage footage of the Apollo 18 crew exploring the surface of the moon but, honestly, the BD doesn't provide an improvement in image quality making it worth the extra expense.

Special Features:

Most of the special features aren't anything to radio home about either as they include an audio commentary with director Gonzalo López-Gallego and editor Patrick Lussier, deleted and alternate scenes and alternate endings. I don't know that any special features would have improved the movie.***

Final Words:

Avoid.***

 

 
 
 
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