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“Apollo 18”

So most of us have probably seen Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, and so on.  Most of us should know the history about the Apollo missions, how we went to the moon, and lost the lives of several astronauts throughout the space program.  Apollo 17 was the last flight to the moon, and that’s the official record.

“Apollo 18” would like to disagree, and tell the viewer that we in fact, had 3 more missions planned, and somehow a large amount of classified footage was found and then posted to a website, which, upon checking, is the movie trailer.  But I digress…

The story takes us to 1974, where the Apollo 18 mission is green lit by the DoD, disguised as a satellite launch to explore on the moon.  Usual launch with lunar orbit and landing follows, all the while we have lots of cameras to capture angles inside the shuttle, lunar module, and hand held cameras to document what’s going on.  It’s all the beginnings of the found footage movie formula.

Though what “Paranormal Activity” had for originality and low budget, “Apollo 18” tries to make up something that some conspiracy theorists would be drooling at the mouth over.  Let’s be honest folks, if the government really didn’t want something like this to get out, would they allow such a movie to be made with ‘found footage’?  If you believe the answer is yes, then I ask you to seriously consider your sources, and also speculate that you probably believe that “Paranormal Activity” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” really happened…

The pacing is smooth throughout the picture, with your normal jump moments there to alarm you, something that I think may have played better on the big screen, but wasn’t as much scary as it was perhaps alarming to see some of the stuff happen to these astronauts.

If you like this film genre, then it’s worth the hour and a half, especially with it being on Netflix and not costing you the $1.20+tax at Redbox.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in NetFlix Movie Reviews

 

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Dredd…And Not Sly Either

1995, a year that will live in the memories of many as one that followed the past two years of Stallone’s “Cliffhanger”, “Demolition Man,” and “The Specialist.”  Yes, I’m talking about “Judge Dredd.”  Let’s be honest with ourselves, it was bad, I mean, really bad.  Even Sylvester Stallone agreed that there was a lot wrong with the film, as well as John Wagner, the creator of the comic.

But enough about the past…and Rob Schneider…Don’t even get me started…

“Dredd” uses Karl Urban, who plays a good action star and has the stern face and chiseled jaw to pull off Dredd.  To be honest, I haven’t seen a movie that I have disliked seeing Karl Urban act in.  Also at the table we have Lena Heady as the drug dealer and gang lord ‘Ma-Ma’, who has been in a thing or two where she has to be a tough bad-ass, like “300” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”  Also is Olivia Thirlby, who plays the rookie under review by Dredd and has some unique talents to bring to the table.

The story involves a new drug call SLO-MO that, you guessed it, makes the user feel like things are moving in slow motion.  Often times the slow motion sequence in most action films get used so much that you think the movie could have been shorter and used its time better without the sequences.  “Dredd” uses them rather well, with a couple of people being pushed off a really high place and seeing the perspective of slow motion towards their deaths.  Dredd and the rookie, Cassandra Anderson, go off to put an end to the ‘Ma-Ma’ and her pushing of SLO-MO and her gang control in this large complex.

The movie is what you expect, a bunch of shootouts, massive property damage, and some pretty fancy tools from Dredd’s arsenal of ammo in his gun.  And the movie does this really well, and in the end you leave with a satisfied feeling that will cleanse the palate of the poor aftertaste from “Judge Dredd.”

PS: We still love you Sly, but you’ve done a lot better.