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Movie Review – Apollo 18: Our Fear of Unknown

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Good Morning everyone.

So the other night I watched Apollo 18.  I had no idea what it was about and had never heard of it till my boyfriend introduced me to it.  The only thing I knew was this was supposed to be along the lines of Blair Witch ProjectDocumentary style conspiracy film.  Not bad even though it is not usually something I like to watch.


 *The rest of this post contains spoilers*

The movie starts slow.  Three guys are on a secret mission to the moon.  Each gets interviewd and they are saying how they think the trip will go. 

They make it to the moon.  Let me just say that watching a rocket launch is a great show of power.  The energy required to launch a ship that size into space is amazing.  But yes, the three men are chilling in space.  Two of the men have to go to the surface for samples while the third guy remains in orbit.  This is where it gets creepy. 

While on the surface the guys discover a spacecraft that is NOT supposed to be there.  They know something is up.  Then they discover the body of a man in a frozen crater.  It is the missing Russian pilot and something bad happened.    

The guys are getting ready to leave when something goes wrong.  The communications malfunction and one guy must go outside to investigate.  Suddenly the outside guy starts screaming.  Once inside, he discovers a cut on his chest and a rock that somehow got lodged under the skin.  The injured man slowly gets blood poisoning and starts to go mad. 

Both men are stuck with no com and cannot get home without it.  Finally both men opt to use the Russian space craft that was abandoned.  On the way the sick man gets pulled into the crater.  Here you see what the monsters are… flashes of legs and bodies. 

The surviving guy gets someone to answer on the radio and is told due to his contamination he won’t come home.  He has to die away from his family on a frozen moon.  He says no and gets into orbit but at the last minute the sample space rocks turn into the space spiders.  The surface craft crashes into the orbiting main ship and all die.  

The cover up is that each man died in training and was never recovered.


Overall I did not like the movie.  It was just too slow and I got bored by the time there was any action. 

The good thing about this movie is the play on fear.  When we are small we fear the dark.  We fear the noise that goes bump in the night.  We fear being alone.  We fear dying alone.  We hate spiders and rats and dirty creatures.  We fear being misled and lied to.  We fear being helpless. 

This movie plays on all these fears.  It takes each one and piles it on another.  Each man dies alone in the dark.  He cannot see his family, his boss lies to him and his friends are screaming for help and he cannot do anything.  This movie is based on primitive fears combined with advanced technology and the disturbing truth that no matter how advanced as a people we become, in the end we are just one small speck on the planet.  We are nothing and the best we can hope for is that our children will remember us.  

It is sad and lonely and scary because all those fears you hide away as an adult come rushing back.  You don’t want to see spiders in your dreams.  You don’t want to see nothing in the dark.  You don’t want to wake up alone.  

I think this movie would especially affect a family where one is in protective services (cop, army, SWAT) because maybe there is that one mission and the loved one does not come home.  You fear and worry and hope and in the end, when hope is just in your reach, it comes crashing down. 

I for one was happy to have my two cats and boyfriend around cause I did NOT want to fall asleep.  A slasher movie would be fine, even a creepy creatures movie.  But playing on my fears is like hitting below the belt.  We already know it will hurt; it is just a matter of how much pain (fear) can you inflict before I turn the movie off.

What movies/ books really affect you?  What do you think about bumps in the night?

  1. October 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I couldn’t read anything depressing when I was pregnant with my daughter a few years ago! I caught up on the Jane Austen novels I had never read…

    And Jennifer, I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! You may choose to accept or not, but the details are here:


  2. Jennifer J Randolph
    October 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Aww thank you. At this point I am just trying to find a good direction for my writing. I am glad one of us spotted a trend ^_^

    I do accept and I shall have to pass this along.

    • October 3, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      The fact that you’re looking for a good direction means you’ll find it, Jennifer!

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