Apollo 18 (2011)

In space, no one can hear you yawn.

Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972, was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission.

I think it’s a pretty safe thing to say that the “found-footage” genre is starting to die and slow and very painful death. I love this type of genre no matter what really but it’s been so over-used lately and it almost seems like this is just a cheap attempt at a horror film for being a little bit scarier than the usual flicks we see. This is one of those films.

Right from the get-go, we are brought into a film that shows/tells us something but we don’t care at all because for about the first 30 minutes, I was bored out-of-my-mind. Nothing happens for the longest time and even when shit does start to hit the fan, we don’t care or don’t feel any type of suspense considering the whole time we were just watching a bunch of astronauts running around the Moon.

This film is such a bad “found-footage” flick that it can’t even stay within its own little boundaries. The shots and angles are entirely ridiculous to the point of where I felt like they did not have this type of equipment back in the day, let alone for people on a space-ship. The editing is also incredibly choppy where we never actually get a chance for the tension to just set in and instead the film just went from one camera to another, in order for it to feel like something was really going crazy with this film, when in reality it just didn’t matter one bit. Let’s also not forget that the film tries so hard to make this look like it was actual footage taken from 1972 with some terrible attempts at making the film seemed like it aged with scratches and little white-lines showing up. I felt like I was watching an MTV music video rather than an actual full-length flick.

What probably adds insult to injury with this film is that the ending is absolutely terrible and shows what this film was really trying hard to do and that is make us believe something that is totally and obviously not true by any stretch of the imagination. Just look at the plot and you can tell that there trying to pass this by as if this was a whole conspiracy theory from the past that we are just hearing about now, except it has a director, and not a very good one at that. If anybody watching this film believed a single-lick of what this film was trying to say then they definitely deserve to never ever watch movies again.

When it comes to the actual direction itself, I have to say that I thought it blew but the film still looked pretty. Director Gonzalo López-Gallego makes this film actually seem like it did take place on the moon with some really cool shots of what it would look like to be walking around its surface. However, when it comes to the best design of the moon, that award has to go to ‘Moon’, a film that was probably made for half of this one’s budget.

The actors in this film are fairly unknown but it still doesn’t matter because they all suck and acting and the characters they play are even worse too. We don’t really see them do much other than just get in their space-suits and walk around the earth, so when bad shit starts to happen to them real quick, I couldn’t care at all. It’s also hilarious when one of the guys get a little too crazy and then he just has this weird voice of his that he makes just so he can try and sound sinister, when in reality he just seems like he doesn’t know how to read his lines.

Consensus: Apollo 18 is boring beyond belief without any real thrills to hold you over, or any real sense of fun with this flick considering they try so hard to make it seem real, and in the end just seems like another cheap attempt on hitting big with the “found-footage” genre.



  1. This had a potentially great idea and it turned out to be shit. It’s like that new movie out right now. I heard about the ending and all I can say is… “Fucking bullshit!!!”

    • It was a cool idea, but it just blew and it’s a lot like the one that’s out now. From what I hear though, that one blows as well. Thanks man!

  2. “in space, no one can hear you yawn” sadly, that is actually how I felt during Alien 😉

    Great review man, I’ll pass this one for sure…

      • Yeah, it’s very much of case of, “Wait! This is why they didn’t go back to the moon? Really?” All that technology, all those resources, all that financial muscle, and America fills it’s pants because of a bunch of… well, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

  3. That’s a shame, I like a good found footage film too! But I guess the point is usually to make a realistic horror film and setting it in space is a risky but interesting idea but sounds like they failed to make it realistic, interesting or scary. Nevermind I still have to watch it for my project on the found footage genre.

  4. I can say that I liked this more than you did, but not by much. The concept is bad and the execution isn’t much better. There are some tense moments and the final few scenes let the actors cut loose and stop pretending they’re in typical found footage scenario.

    • I see what you’re saying about the final minutes but honestly, this film just doesn’t have much really going for it other than a pretty cool premise. Thanks Robert!

  5. Couldn’t agree more! When I first saw the trailers for this I thought, “oo found footage film in space- that’s got to be good!” But how could it be so wrong and so bad! Just boring and the plot and ending?! WTF?!

    I think the only good thing I can say about this film is some of the scenes where they light up the dark areas of the moon using a strobe effect. Though the bad side is they started to over use the technique! BAH!

    • It had some real cool shots but other times it seemed like they were trying too hard and I just wanted the camera to stop trying to be cool! Thanks Jaina!

  6. I, like you, have come to loathe the found footage subgenre currently plaguing the realm of contemporary horror. This in mind, Apollo 18 was, quite literally, the worst thing I’d seen in all of 2011 outside of (needless to say) the fourth Twilight film. It was dull, uninspired as such and completely devoid of any valuable substance including actual scares. A complete waste of time.

    • This was very boring and shitty but it’s not the worst of the year, that prize has already gone to Bucky Larson a film I had the displeasure of watching over the weekend. Thanks!

  7. Seems to be exactly what I expected. Sorry you took a bullet on this one. Thanks for the review. I was curious about the film itself and how the believable aspect would turn out. You’ve satisfied that curiousity!

    -T (previously TheScarletSp1der)

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