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Apollo 18 (DVD)

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego / Actors: Warren Christie, Ryan Robbins, Ali Liebert, Andrew Airlie, Lloyd Owen ... / DVD released 2011-12-26 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      08.03.2012 10:42
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      One for TV but avoid buying

      I am a massive fan of horror films and have come to truly enjoy films that are shot in the style of paranormal activity and blair witch etc. From the very first trailer I watched, I was instantly intrigued by Apollo 18. It looked like a mixture of Apollo 13 and paranormal activity, but with aliens instead of ghosts. My girlfriend was not keen on the trailers so we decided to wait until it came out on DVD rather than wasting money on the cinema for a potentially poor film. Upon release I went to blockbuster to rent it but found it in the bargain bin for £5 (within a week or so of release?!? Possible mistake by blockbuster but I was not complaining). I stuck it in the dvd player with high expectations, but was a little disappointed.

      The film is supposed to be 'recovered' footage of the Apollo 18 mission to the moon which officially never existed. The film focuses around 3 main astronauts, John, Ben and Nathan, who have been given a top secret mission to place cameras/sensors that will detect an threat posed by the Russians (or so they are told).

      Nathan and Ben are the two main characters who land on the moon whilst John remains in orbit to ensure they are able to return safely. Upon landing they set up the sensors and all appears fine. However soon after landing unexplainable things start to happen, which only we are able to see thanks to the cameras that have been set up.

      Nathan and Ben stumble upon an old abandoned Russian vessel and discover a mutilated body when they clock on to the fact that they have been duped as to the real reasons for their mission by the US government and they are not alone.

      The film takes a standard turn of events, with minor incidents occurring, slowly building up in severity until the final ultimate confrontation. Whilst there are some jumpy/creepy/tense parts of the film I feel it has been let down by the filming quality. Paranormal activity works incredibly well as you are able to see small little changes, which add to the overall tension of the movie. Apollo 18 is very grainy and dark (which I understand it has to be as its set on the moon) but I feel this affects negatively as a lot of subtle things are missed. Also the aliens themselves are almost laughable, small creatures that can turn into rocks?!?

      The ending however redeems the film slightly with some decent scenes, tension and a some what unexpected twist.

      Overall I was disappointed with the film. It is a good idea but has been executed poorly, as with many films that Hollywood have churned out recently. I would watch it on TV if nothing else was on but would strongly advise against buying it. One of the DVD shelf to gather dust * sigh *

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