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Apollo 18

A movie directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego

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Apollo 18, A Ruined Effort

  • Sep 15, 2011

Apollo 18

This is a movie with tremendous potential.  Unfortunately, it was ruined by an insistence upon making the entire movie appear as bad as the actual videos sent from the moon were in the early 1970s.  There was no reason for this.  Ron Howard didn’t have to do that when making Apollo 13.  He understood that it was a film meant to entertain.  That purpose cannot possibly be served by making every scene virtually unwatchable.  

I could understand using the bad video effect for a few scenes to establish context, but for every inch of film?  That’s nothing more than annoying to the point of distracting the viewer from the flow of the film.

Even the audio was distorted, broken up, and sometimes impossible to follow.  

In short, what could have been an enjoyable experience of hypothetical possibilities was ruined by terrible direction and editing.  Save your money and rent Apollo 13.  See how it should be done.

I know I have seen worse movies, but few come to mind. 

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: 22 April 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: Brian Miller, Cory Goodman
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