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Apollo 18 (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  2 September 2011 (USA)
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Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

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In the early 70's, Commander Nathan Walker, Captain Ben Anderson and Lieutenant Colonel John Grey are assigned in a secret mission to the Moon to protect the USA from USSR using detectors. Nathan and Ben land on the Moon in the Liberty module while John stays in orbit in the module Freedom. They collect rock samples and bring them to the Liberty. They also find footprints and the body of a Soviet cosmonaut on the moon. Soon they hear weird noises and they find that they are not alone in the satellite. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon.


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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing sequences, and language | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,704,271 (USA) (2 September 2011)

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$17,683,670 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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Trivia

In some way, there was a real Apollo 18 during the year 1975. Named ASTP (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project), the mission was the first docking of spacecrafts built by different nations. The American crew included one of the seven Mercury program astronauts, Deke Slayton (the one who had never flown) and the Russian one Alexei Leonov, who was the first man to "walk in space." See more »

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Work on the Soviet Lunar L3 program was cancelled late in 1974. The LK ('Lunniy korabl' - lunar craft) was not revealed to the west until much later. Thus, the Apollo 18 crew would have had no knowledge of this vehicle (i.e. referring to it as the "LK"). See more »

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Ben Anderson: [shouting hysterically into comms] I did mine! You do your job, you get me home!
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Ben Anderson: Houston, please.
Deputy Secretary of Defense: We'll stay on this channel with you, but this decision is final. You've done a great service for your country, son... and for mankind.
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In space, no one can hear you yawn....
4 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

...and I hope the people next to me in the cinema couldn't hear me yawning, which I started doing after about half-way.

These 'found footage' movies have varied over the years, since The Blair Witch Project kicked it all off. I had mixed feelings about that, but overall I felt it was an effective chiller: what's NOT seen is often so much scarier. Cloverfield, for me, remains at the top of the list, while the PA films are way down.

Apollo 18 isn't far from the bottom, either. The premise was intriguing, and I genuinely expected some sort of development in the genre - something like a cross between Blair Witch and Alien. What I got was 90 minutes of predictability and disappointment. The sense of isolation and claustrophobia was well done, but little else. I felt some sense of a tension build-up for perhaps a half-hour - but then it dissipated once the nature of the 'horror' became apparent.

I came away feeling that here was a great opportunity missed. It's worth seeing for the technical excellence and attention to detail. Just don't expect to see anything new - or anything that'll frighten the pants off you.


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