Purporting to be edited from 84 hours of footage recently uploaded to the Internet — by whom, it is not stated — "Apollo 18" would have viewers believe that this is the true story of how NASA and the Department of Defense sent a secret final manned mission to the moon in 1974 after the lunar program had been officially shut down. What the astronauts found there has been kept under wraps ever since.
In reality, "Apollo 18" is a faux found-footage thriller directed by Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego from a script by newcomer Brian Miller and produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov. The astronauts are played by Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen and Ryan Robbins.
When it starts to seem that mission leaders back on Earth might be deceiving the astronauts somehow — Watergate is explicitly referenced in conversation — the space explorers realize they are alone, with nothing to rely on except themselves and the things at hand. The film takes a startlingly long time to rev up, and even at less than 90 minutes feels thin and at moments like it is playing for time. Taking the premise at face value, why would anyone putting together "discovered footage" take so long to get to the good stuff?