Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Fun Review "Apollo 18"

 Apollo 18
2011   86 minutes
Starring:
Gonzalo Lopez, Brian Miller, Timur Bekmambetov  

Synopsis
NASA's cancelled trip to the moon in the 1970s is the basis for this found-footage-style picture exploring if the urban legend were true that the mission actually did occur and the proof of extraterrestrial life exists on film.

My grade:
"A" for content
"A" for acting
"Yes" for would I watch it again. In fact, I've watched it 3 times so far.

 My eclectic tastes are showing because this movie is science fiction, conspiracy theory, and a thriller all rolled into one. The film maker would have you believe that the movie was spliced together footage of a secret Apollo mission. Having had watched the news of all televised segments of the Apollo missions in real life this movie comes pretty darn close.

The tension is felt as is the fear. Exploring a Russian capsule on the moon was riveting filmed by headlamps so you only get tiny glimpses of what is going on so it up the watcher in the astronaut's point of view. Everything was true to the 1970s because I can remember back that far.

Filmed in black  and white adds to the "authenticity" of the footage shown. It is believable. The action sequences are true to life. The website they show at the end...don't bother going to it...it's a ploy. I was gullible enough to try. The movie has enough action and scares enough to jerk by paralyzed arm up. A reflex reaction like when I sneeze not positive/active movement.

My recommendation- See it and believe it or not.

Speaking of the Apollo missions did you know Neil Armstrong is often misquoted for his famous line?

He actually said, "This is one small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind."

Just a bit of trivia from a person who actually met him.

2 comments:

John Chapman said...

As someone who stayed up until 3:00am to watch the first Moon landing and the first footfall I was listening when he said those words and like millions of others thought 'Huh? He's missed the 'a' out. That will be a famous one!'. In later years I put the speech through waveform editors - no 'a'. He might have meant to say it, but what came over didn't contain it.

J.L. Murphey said...

John while I didn't see the broadcast... Ceylon didn't have television service, I did speak with Armstrong. It may not have come across in the broadcast, but he did say it. Remembering way back then, radio signals and technology was not as advanced as it is today.