Apollo 18 – 2011
Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego
Starring Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins
Written by Brian Miller
For all of those who have heard that this movie is Paranormal Activity in space…don’t hold your breath. It’s not that good. It’s definitely not as good as the 2nd film, but it approaches the ending of the 3rd. To do this, there would need to be better camera angles, less a feeling of confinement, and more tension. What Apollo 18 does have is a lot of shouting and confusing signals.
Is this alien thing, you know, something large enough to leave tracks? Yes.
Is it small enough to slip into a space suit? Presumably.
So what killed the Russian? The other Russian, I guess.
So what killed the other Russian? Something in his helmet?
How about the…oh, I don’t care.
It’s not that I don’t think the people who made this movie didn’t take it seriously. It seems like they play it pretty close to the vest. The talent for camera angles, suspense and just plain consistency is not there. A lot of people hate the Paranormal Activity films. While one can understand why, they have made a lot out of not so much. Until the last film. This is a film after that one. Showing reverence to it by copying it. Cameras going out does not give the same feeling of fear as cameras that actually catch some scary footage.
I can’t blame them for trying. I can’t get that 75 minutes (86 if you stayed through credits) back. I won’t waste another minute of mine and yours.
(*1/2 out of *****)