Apollo 18 (2011)

If I haven’t made it clear yet, I’m kind of a fan of those “found-footage” type films.  For a lot of audiences, they’re generally too boring, little goes on in them, etc.  Perhaps that genre of films ask too much of today’s audiences, who are all about bigger, better, faster, more in 3D.  Watching any film, there’s a certain degree of suspension of disbelief that is required (hopefully not documentaries though!), and with the “found-footage” movies, they ask you to actually suspend your suspension of disbelief and accept that what you’re seeing on the screen actually happened.  A lot of people can’t put their mindset there, and whatever, I’m not talking down about them, but don’t talk smack about the “found-footage” movies I like, okay?  Otherwise, I might call you dumb.

The premise behind Apollo 18 is that even though NASA cancelled all the lunar missions after Apollo 17, the eighteenth mission was reactivated and three men went up to the moon.  And somehow the footage presented in the movie was found, even though the men never came back.  That’s the hardest part to believe, is that footage from space was somehow found, and it nearly ruins the movie for me.  Pretty much every five minutes I was thinking about watching the excellent Moon afterwards and wondering how the hell the footage was retrieved by someone on Earth.  The footage isn’t all located in the same camera either, so it’s even more maddening of a plot detail.

The problem with it being a “found-footage” film is that, well, it’s like when M. Night Shyamalan was making good movies and every movie he released the question was “WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE TWIST?”  It was his thing, even though twist endings had been around since at least Citizen Kane.  So when you’re expecting a twist, it dulls the surprise, and that dulling affects everything that is presented in Apollo 18.  You know there’s going to be something weird, and oh there it is.  Not “OH THERE IT IS!”  We’ve all become desensitized and you’re super lucky if you’re not.

I enjoyed the movie for what it was, but I don’t think it’s a shining example of the genre.  I also don’t think it deserves the scorn that has been heaped upon it.

3 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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