#214 / 365 – ‘Apollo 18′ – 86 mins
Cinema Challenge #84 / 115
In 1973, NASA launch Apollo 18, a secret, military mission to the moon. Footage recovered in 2011 reveals the fate of its three astronauts. On the moon, astronauts Walker and Anderson find a Soviet spaceship, the corpse of a cosmonaut, and a dangerous form of extra-terrestrial life.
So there’s a reason why man hasn’t been back to the moon since Apollo 17, or so Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego would lead you to believe.
The filmmaker essentially mashes up the used ‘found footage’ concept of ‘The Blair Witch Project’ and ‘Paranormal Activity’ and tries to make a space conspiracy filled movie out of it.
It’s not a bad idea truth be told, but the problem is and despite a couple of tension filled moments with effective scares. The filmmaker spends so long styling the movie which he does very well, that he forgets to give the film any sustained energy or excitement causing you to get bored all too quickly along its short 86 minute runtime, which you could say is too long in that.