For March 11th- Apollo 18

Well, I’ve heard a lot of good and bad thing about this movie. I know that I secretly wanted it to be good, and I ignored many of the people who had passed judgement on it. Really, when it comes to a lot of these unique idea horror movies, I hope that a lot of them do well. Mostly it’s because I still hold out hope for a good-hearted revival of the genre.

That means that I was a little anxious when I started watching the movie. Apart from using the handheld style that has blown sky-high in the horror and comedy movie styles, the film also relies quite a bit on a jolting horror style. They make attempts to draw suspense by calming the audience, but it’s tough goings.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A pretty good idea with fairly good execution. The paranoia that builds throughout is pretty well-timed. It spends probably a little too much time in the backstory, and gets kind of boring.

Acting: 1/2

Not terrible, but with such a small cast, it is difficult for them to carry the focus at times. Lloyd Owen does a good job as astronaut Nate Walker, as he has a good sense of staging and scare timing.

Photography/Set: 1/2

Pretty good sets that aren’t really focused on. I can understand if the Paranormal Activity movies don’t really take time to look at the houses they take place in, but come on, we’re in space!

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Manages to do pretty well in both of these areas, using a minimalist style to good effect. The sound and music are also both used in small ways to increase the impact of certain scenes.

Misc: 1/2

A decently put together little sci-fi horror flick. It starts to put together a good movie, but then forgets where it put half of its supplies.

VERDICT: 6/10

Good for some young college kids for a movie night, but not much else.

P.S.- Spaaaaaaaaace!!

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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