Apollo 18- -
Officially, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later in 1973, three 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 it's authenticity, others say it's the real reason we've never gone back to the moon.
Conspiracy theorists, this one is for you. The Apollo mission to the Moon raised many questions for those of us who must forever remain earthbound. These questions include: why did the flag in the iconic footage fly if there is supposedly no wind on the Moon? Why are the shadows in the footage supposedly wrong angles? These questions and many more keep conspiracy theorists up late at night. Apollo18 addresses perhaps one of the most intriguing questions of all, why did we never return? This parental guide to the movies has the answer.
Now conspiracy theorists will have another version of rewritten history to add to their collection. This movie is based on the premise secret footage of the original Apollo mission has been discovered and leaked to the press. A team of astronauts is sent to the Moon on a secret mission, but they are not told all of the details. Everything seems to be going as planned, but then strange things start to happen to the crew. They find footprints that they do not recognize. Moon rock samples mysteriously disappear. They find the helmet of a Russian cosmonaut, but no cosmonaut can be found. Other things happen, but I do not want a complete spoiler. The movie builds suspense by introducing the idea that they are not alone and that their unseen company is not human. As the film goes on this idea becomes more obvious until it cannot be denied that there is something else out there and it is not human.
This film is more of a psychological drama. It is a horror film and this family guide to the movies does not recommend it for those under 13. It is scary, but not necessarily gory. The suspense builds through the idea that something is lurking in the shadows. The alien is seen as a mysterious shadow that passes by, a suggestion that something happened then there is a damaged part of the film, so you are left to fill in the blanks yourself. The audience has to put together the unseen plot of the film. The film style is in keeping with the famous footage that we all grew up with, giving it a sense of realism. You do not actually see the alien; you see the results of the alienäó»s actions.
The only real gore in the movie is a cut on one of the astronauts that becomes infected, but they do not make it particularly gory. At times, the astronauts spew a few four letter words, as one might expect when being attacked by an alien on the Moon. This was a frightening movie from a psychological aspect and it is not recommended for those under 13. However, as far as ratings go, this family movie review feels that a rating of PG-13 is appropriate for this movie. However, parents should be forewarned that this movie is a little like Blair Witch in its presentation of the horror elements.