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Apollo 18 (2011)

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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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Deputy Secretary of Defense (as Mike Kopsa)
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Mission Control (voice)
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Lab Tech #1 (as Kurt Runte)
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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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2 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Apolo 18  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,704,271 (USA) (4 September 2011)

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$17,686,929 (USA) (20 November 2011)
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The closing audio clip consists of excerpts from President Richard Nixon's speech in Honolulu on April 18, 1970, as he presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the crew of Apollo 13; his reading of the medal citation was edited to remove him saying "13" both times that he refers to Apollo. See more »

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(at around 11 mins) The film does not state that the far side of the Moon never receives sunlight. The astronauts are not on the far side of the Moon. The comment about areas that never receive sunlight was about areas at the bottom of deep craters where the ground is always in the shadow of the crater wall. This does occur in many areas near the Moon's polar regions, which is where this movie takes place. See more »

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Deputy Secretary of Defense: [over comms] John, you are ordered to abort rescue immediately. Captain Anderson is a high contamination threat. You will not recover him.
John Grey: You knew something was down there and you sent them anyway.
Deputy Secretary of Defense: [over comms] DOD to Freedom, if you do not abort in T-minus 60 seconds, transmission will terminate. You will not receive an updated state vector. You will run out of life support package. You will not return home. You have 45 seconds to abort this rescue.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hercules (2014) See more »

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World Spinning Sadly
Written by Paul Samwell-Smith
Performed by The Parking Lot
Courtesy of EMI Music Canada Film & Television Music Placement Division
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Good historical fiction, not a fantastic horror film
2 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I admit, it is not terribly scary, but it uses a fairly original (comparatively speaking) filming mechanic in the found footage style and is, aside from the space aliens, a believable film with good acting, very few historical inaccuracies, mostly natural dialogue and a good bit of tension. Being admittedly biased in that I was more concerned whether they would remember that the astronauts had to depressurize as to not get the bends than whether it was frightening, I may give it a higher rating than most would think it deserves but I most definitely enjoyed myself.

All in all it was a nice historical fiction about finding something sinister on the moon because of a continued space race, assuming you can respect a more minimal film on a modest budget. Not really for a fan of horror movies. Perhaps if someone could create a genre name for "historical science fiction/tense drama/horror" (in that order), a "histscifitdramhor" if you will.


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