Sunday, January 29, 2012

One Minute Movie Review: Apollo 18

This is the worst so called "found footage" flick I have seen to date. First, the good news; the acting and character chemistry is natural and effortless, remarkably realistic and believable. The bad news is everything else about this movie. This film can best be described as the little movie that tried to do too much with too little. To say the plot was conflicted and convoluted would be an understatement. The director could not decide if he wanted to make an alien contagion film, straight up alien monster movie, or goverment conspiracy tale. Combining the three, in this case, leaves the audience scratching their heads as neither work. As for the special effects, sophisticated and slick CGI is replaced by shaky camera work, black and white conversions, and mere glimpses and peaks of a decidedly limited creature design. I have to admit, as far as, the footage goes, it was pretty authentic looking, but the confused and murky plot ruins the final production. By the end of the credits, I was left with the nagging feeling that there was originally potential here, but it never blossomed. Kudos to a solid cast of B listers; Warren Christie, Ryan Robbins, Ali Liebert, Lloyd Owen, Andrew Airlie who gave an A+ effort in a D- film. Director Gonzalo L√≥pez-Gallego, his second film, has the character element down, but should have thoroughly rewritten the script.  1 out of 5 Kernels, the acting got the corn popping but the story burned the bag and stunk up the room.

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