Apollo 18 has an interesting premise.
The movie hinges on the concept that while Apollo 17 was the last lunar mission, the Department of Defense gave another mission the go signal but its crew never returned. The shots on the moon were impressive and the set pieces looked real. The prospect of staying in a cramped claustrophobic lunar module on a possibly inhabited rock in outer space where no one can hear you scream does give you the creeps.
But the movie takes too long to get the ball rolling and when something finally happens, they’re nothing more than horror tropes.
The movie’s attempt at realism is zapped by convenient camera angles that will also leave you wondering “wait, who’s filming this?”
The conspiracy bait failed to create any interest either as the suspense free contrived movie drags along. The uneventful build-up leads to a climax that’ll make you realize there are 80 minutes you’re not going to get back.
Apoll0 18 manages to be unoriginal, dull, and dumb all at the same time.
Apollo 18 is lazily assembled and drab found footage horror that can only startle its audience.