Apollo 18 online movie review - I hate the haters! I liked it!
Yes I broke down and pulled ten bucks out and went to see this film I thought I wouldn't see it at the show because I hate the my theater too many kids annoying me with their cellphones, but I went on a night when it was quiet.
I just got home from the movies and I was thinking of how original this story was. The acting was really well done. The footage looked very authentic according to the time period. Judging by the trailers I kind of got the hint that it might be a film about a virus of some sort. My thoughts were correct, but that's only part of the story. I thought it was really unique how they used the very thing that they brought home which was the lunar rocks, this ended up being the problem all along for the astronauts.
I found that this film had all the right moves in the right places. It started out a little slow and they saved the best for last. It was a very subtle film with an escalated finish, which is good. I thought when they found the cosmonauts by the LV that maybe that they just went a little loony due to a virus, which they did, but that was once again only part of the story. At this point in time I didn't know the whole story just yet. They hinted toward the lunar rocks earlier in the film but I just couldn't see how this was the problem, since the rocks looked just like ordinary rocks we see all the time. It isn't until the end where we see the full transformation of this parasite, bug, whatever you want to call them.
This film just makes us wonder about if there are really parasites from another planet, living on the lunar surface, ones that don't need oxygen to survive, but maybe they get their energy from the high amounts of radiation from the sun. Who are we to think you have to have water and oxygen to live? We know absolutely nothing about what's really out there in space. We might think we do because we think we are technologically advanced. But I think we are in the primate stages of this technology in studying science and space altogether. We have really no idea what crashed into the moon millions of years ago. For example scientists recently discovered life living in the Dead Sea, where we once thought the salt content was too high for anything to live in. But once again we were wrong. These organisms that they found actually use the salt to live.
So back to my original thought. Why can't there be organisms that live off of radiation from the sun? Is this really impossible? Like I said we know nothing about space exploration and whats really out there, all we've done is sent people to the moon and back. I think it would be arrogant of us to assume that this sort of life form can't exist.
It's not the greatest film on the planet and not the worst, but there seems to be a lot of negativity floating around the message boards on this website from people that haven't even seen the film yet. Then there's the people that say, "Well how could they recovered the footage if the LV crashed into the Freedom section of the Apollo rocket?" All I say to that is use your imagination! Maybe the Department of Defense sent up a recovery mission to get the footage and all the equipment and quarantined it here on earth. Some other reviews mention Paranormal Activity and Blair Witch. What the heck does this story have anything to do with those 2 films? NOTHING! It's a conspiracy space film not a ghost film! Do you get that!? Do you copy that!? NO GHOSTIES HERE! Yes I agree it is documentary style similar to those two films mentioned. But so were the original Apollo missions. So take your Blair Witch crap idea to people who sit in a room and play Warcraft 24/7. These reviews are written by immature people who think they know everything. I myself am not talented enough to think of a cool idea like this. There is way too many negative people out there with nothing better to do than bash films, even ones they haven't seen, they're just going off of what they seen in the trailers.
Not all film ideas have to be force fed to us, for us to understand. That's another highlight of this film too, it makes us wonder at the end. I'm happy with the ending, as is. I like this aspect of the film, that it does make us ask questions, I'm glad that it doesn't explain every little technical aspect. There might be some nitpickers out there, but I really don't care about that kind of cynical opinion. Some people love to see all the negativity of a film and never the positive aspects.
This is what I think the underlying message of this film is. That we truly know nothing when it comes to the abyss of space.
Thanks for reading
Jeffrey J Turner, Sarnia, ON, Canada