Apollo 18 proves to us that being lost in space is a terrible thing. As rough as this may be, it pales in comparison to sitting through the 1.5 hours that was this movie. The film spends too much time trying to shock the audience, and not enough time on everything else.
The poster for this movie says “There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.” I find this rather ironic because there is also a reason that they’ve stopped making movies about going to the moon. I mean really, it’s like beating a dead horse. These guys head to the moon, run into some unforeseen trouble, and fight to conserve the little oxygen that they have left. Please, stop me if you’ve heard this story before…
I won’t spoil anything about the film, just in case any of you guys decide to ignore my warning and see it. The way that the movie ends is completely lame. It completely felt like the cheap way out. Even though my opinion was already solidified prior to the ending, I was only more let down.
Now, the movie wasn’t a complete flop. As you can probably put together, there was quite a bit lacking, but it did have something in particular that made it somewhat tolerable. I really enjoyed how the film played up the suspenseful scenes. There was multiple times throughout the movie that I was anxiously waiting for something to move, jump out, or attack. This, at least, kept the film engaging throughout.
The Bottom Line
Don’t waste your money on this one. The whole time I watched, all I could think about was this: Man, all I’m watching is Paranormal Activity on the moon. Although the shock factor was certainly there, it’s not even close enough to make it worth your time. Apollo 18 simply fails on too many levels to enjoy from start to finish.