Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.
Up front I want to say I am not a fan of "found footage" movies or POV films, or anything like that where we are lead to believe it is a documentary shot with cheap cameras. While this tactic works for certain things, more often than not it is just annoying to watch. With that in mind, you might guess I had a low expectation for this film (which I did).
I actually have to give them credit, though. The creators did some things right. In fact, many things. They started with a good idea and were able to visually present it. Faking the surface of the moon is not terribly difficult, but the detail of the suits and everything else could not be pulled off on a shoe-string budget. Yet, here we are with an unknown writer, director and cast making the story seem as real as possible.
You also have to give them credit for showing the alien (or whatever) as little as possible. This helps cover up any budget concerns about making a good monster, but even more importantly -- in horror, less is very often more. A shadow here, a terrified look there... far more tense and scary than just showing what is behind the curtain. They made the right decision here.
I do not know if I would go so far as to say I recommend this film. I mean, it still works off the "found footage" concept I dislike. But the fact is, for what it was, they presented the idea about as well as anyone could have. If nothing else, you have to give them credit for that and wait for the next film... that will be the "make or break" of the director's career. This one was just getting him past the first test.