APOLLO 18

Well, it’s no APOLLO 13. And yet this latest “found footage” thriller succeeds on its own terms with an authentic look and exceptional sound editing. Minimal acting from a trio of unknowns combined with multiple film stock choppily assembled gives the story a realistic feel. But at times the jump cuts and shifts from black and white to color and fast-motion blurs come off more like fashion photography than cinema verite.The story is simple and the movie is short. Kudos to the producers for giving us the only acceptable ending, downbeat though it be. (Although a coda caption lifts our spirits with the prospect of earthly destruction.) — Jeff Schultz

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