Monday, July 9, 2012
Movie Review: Apollo 18
I heard a lot of pretty harsh criticism of this film before I saw it and I must say it's not nearly as bad as I've read in my opinion, although it does have it's faults.
I think the biggest issue is just the lack of things happening. It's a pretty short movie (maybe 80 minutes actual run time) and still feels like it drags out forever without much action. Sure, it's building tension, but even then a film needs some boosters along the way. There are some jump scares here and there and some pretty freaky moments, but they're not frequent enough to keep you from checking your running time. It just takes too long to really get to firing. Boredom doesn't necessarily equal tension.
Another issue I had was one I have too often lately.... STOP IT WITH THE FOUND FOOTAGE SHOOTING STYLE! I couldn't tell what the hell was going on half the time and it just gets annoying while not adding anything. Just tell the story, don't try to get anyone to think "it's real" as everybody is way past this I think. I can see that they used it here because they felt it was pretty claustrophobic inside their ship and such, but a lot of the moon surface scenes were just really distracting due to it.
I'd like to have had a bit more personal connection with the astronauts too as I never felt I got to know them enough to sympathize.
But still, I liked the premise and I think there are some fun and creepy shots. It's an intriguing premise that I wanted to see explored more even after it ended. The creatures were interesting and we really don't learn much about them, but a couple of shots of them freaked me out a bit.
Could have been great... but not nearly as bad as I'd heard.