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.
This movie is kind of a mixture of true history and a work of fiction. In 1974 Nathan (Lloyd Owen) and Ben (Warren Christie), two Apollo astronauts, are sent to the moon on behalf of their country although their country doesn’t know it. This movie is based on supposed film footage which the public hasn’t seen (until now). Simply put, this is a secret mission.
It is neat to see some scenes of President John F. Kennedy which gives the movie a feeling of realism. The movie contains some intense scenes, focusing its plot on the “lost footage” angle. Without plot spoiling, the two astronauts land and find an abandoned Russian module and blood inside. They know all can’t be well. They also find someone as well. Soon the mystery deepens when they hear noises and see footprints that are not their own. Although the mystery helps sustain the movie, the film is slow in spots and becomes pretty violent in a few scenes. It’s not as if there are a lot of moments of violence but when it is violent, it is strongly violent. For this reason, not to mention very strong language, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this picture. The film may urge the viewer to consider the possibilities of aliens, but it’s sad it wasn’t done so in a kinder, gentler fashion. What ever happened to “E.T.”?