The main problem with movies that are constructed under the “found footage” premise is that they ask viewers to suspend their disbelief and accept that what they are watching is “true” even when that is categorically impossible to do after a decade of “found footage” movies. It may have been a neat gimmick when The Blair Witch Project came out, but how many times can filmmakers dip into this well and expect to find water?
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. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.
In the case of Apollo 18 the answer is probably going to be not this time.
The new horror film from Dimension Studios asks viewers to accept that the movie they are watching is discovered footage of NASA’s 18th Apollo Mission to the moon. If you accept the authenticity of the footage then it’s frightening and intriguing and worth watching. But, if you reject the footage’s authenticity then movies like this become almost impossible to stomach. Don’t give me a movie laddled with gimmicks, just give me a goddamn good story. I can suspend my disbelief about the “Apollo 18” mission but only if you don’t ask me to accept that it’s somehow real.