5.2/10
47,120
323 user 228 critic

Apollo 18 (2011)

Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Writer:

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Europa Report (2013)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Director: Sebastián Cordero
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

Director: Ruairi Robinson
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai
The Bay II (2012)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue
Apollo 13 (1995)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
Cargo (2009)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 2270, Earth is completely depleted and no one lives there anymore. Those that have money move to Rhea; but most of the population lives in orbit in space stations. Dr. Laura Portmann ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter
Stars: Anna Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller
Pandorum (2009)
Action | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

Director: Christian Alvart
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet
Event Horizon (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
Red Planet (2000)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Director: Antony Hoffman
Stars: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore
Devil's Pass (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of 5 students go the location of the infamous "dyatlov pass incident", to make a documentary but things take a turn for the worse to reveal the secrets as to what happened there.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting a unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle
Quarantine (2008)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.

Director: John Erick Dowdle
Stars: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Columbus Short
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
Deputy Secretary of Defense (as Mike Kopsa)
...
Mission Control (voice)
...
Lab Tech #1 (as Kurt Runte)
...
Lab Tech #2 (voice)
Kim Wylie ...
Laura Anderson
Noah Wylie ...
Ryan Anderson
...
Nate's Girlfriend
...
John's Fiancée
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apolo 18  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (as Datasat Digital Sound)|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Lt. Col. John Grey was less prominently featured in earlier versions of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie it is stated that in order to conceal the additional manned mission to the Moon, the DoD justifies the launch of the extra Saturn V rocket with the need of putting a very heavy payload in Earth's orbit. However, the launch footage of Apollo 18 shows liftoff of a complete Saturn V with escape tower. As the latter have been so far used only in crewed launches, this would have been revealing (at least in part) of the manned nature of the mission. See more »

Quotes

Nate: [in hammock] Fate has ordained... the men who went to the moon to explore in peace, remain on the moon to rest in peace.
[turns suddenly to face camera]
Ben Anderson: [filming Nate] What are the hell are you talking about?
Nate: I feel my thoughts... fragmenting.
See more »

Connections

References Starship Troopers (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

We Three Kings
Arranged by Maxwell Knight
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Faux space documentary better than predicted
20 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Framed as leaked "found footage" from the era of space exploration in the 1970s, Apollo 18 is an attempt to out conspiracy the already rife conspiracy theories concerning the lunar landings. The trouble with framing something as being documentary style footage is you have to get the science right and be free from any loopholes that might break the audience out of the illusion. Apollo 18 falls short on this count. López-Gallego manages to recreate to a certain extent the lunar missions. Portrayed through the various cameras feeding live footage back to Earth we have a Big Brother style look into the doomed from the start space mission. The two man crew of the lunar lander also film themselves on 16mm cameras. Herein lies some of the flaws in the director's logic. We need to get into the character's perspective to relate. This is solely done through these 16mm cameras. They film themselves on the moon's surface as well as personal records in the module. The rest is all caught on remote cameras, the audience being allowed to see the threat before the crew do, privy to the danger the Department of Defence has exposed them to. The live footage makes sense to have been documented; however the 16mm film rolls do not make it out, they share the crews dire fate. How then are we seeing the actions of the crew amidst this found footage? It makes no sense pulling any reasonably astute watcher beyond the line of suspension of disbelief.

It seems clear López-Gallego wants us to care about the cast. We need to care for the conspiracy theory to resonate. The story very directly harks into the era of Watergate where the powers that be cannot be trusted. But his illusion of found footage does not stand up at all well. Does the story really fail on this account? No. It's actually fairly entertaining as it goes. The tension builds; the threat is revealed and played out. However the conspiracy theme and the documentary framing lend the film no real benefit and do not pay off. While there is reams of data on the films website to build the conspiracy it is not present enough on screen to sideline the notion we are victim to a none to subtle slight of hand.

What the film did do with the early footage was remind me why, as a child, I was so fascinated with space. It shows with sufficient realism what the actual Apollo astronauts did and how we as a planet reached for the stars. This is not history as it tries to suggest, but it is a reminder, to me at least, of how sad it is that we no longer pursue such epic destinations as the moon or beyond.


59 of 79 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
We've been back to the moon. tunasauce
Any Earth species that kill and don't feed? ArkhamsMostWanted
There is NO dark side of the Moon. IvanPopov
How did this footage retrieved if NASA had never gone back to the Moon? lerhshenchang
Better Than Europa Report hdchristner
What were these flash things ? adamnico-691-391569
Discuss Apollo 18 (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?