“Apollo 18” stars, from what I can tell, exactly three actors you’ve never heard of and is directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, who you’ve probably never heard of, either. That’s why they call these “found footage” films “budget filmmaking”, after all. It does boast producing credits by “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov, though, and I suspect that’s the angle the film’s TV ads will be taking. (“From the creators of ‘Wanted’…” etc) The first trailer for the film has now arrived online. It’s expectedly found footage-y. Who knew NASA was so camera-happy even back then? In any case, I guess this is one NASA mission you can say was filmed entirely in a studio. Ahem.
Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.
Going back April 22, 2011.
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