This weekend we went to see Apollo 18.  It was a really bad scared-in-space movie.  I felt cheated.

So, I looked up an old movie I hadn’t seen since probably 1969 or so that did it right.

Marooned was a an amazing movie considering what it had to work with.  CGI didn’t exist.  It has the usual sci-fi errata, but not so much to totally distract from the movie.  It has an 1968 all-star line-up.  It even has the approval from NASA to use their trademarks.  It is very well acted and features a lot of the technology of the time.  You get to see Atlas rockets, Saturn V’s, a Russian Soyuz, weather satellites, etc.  The concept of the movie affected some space flights ( notably Skylab ), and eerily preceded the events of Apollo 13 by a year.  It was a damn good sci-fi flick.

Just a subtle reminder, all thumbs up, WATCH THIS MOVIE!

Apollo 18

I waited a long time to see Apollo 18.  I’m a sci-fi junkie with precious little content lately to sate my appetite.  This looked like something to sink my teeth into.  It became obvious very early this wasn’t it.

A few years ago I did a list of Top Sci-Fi films of all-time.  This won’t be on it.  It might be on one of the worst lists.

OK, spoiler alert.  Skip it from here if you plan on watching it any time soon.

My main gripe with most sci-fi movies of late is they usually feature super-intelligent bugs.  These mindless creatures fly all over the universe in search of food or whatever.  Folks, that is just stupid plot design.  This movie takes that to a whole new level.

Would you believe the culprits that have mysteriously inhabited a crater in the Moon for an unknown period of time are rock-bugs?  Yup.  These tiny rock-bugs possibly block out communications, tip over lunar rovers, rip up the lander, creep inside space suits, and just make a bunch of astronauts lives a living hell, ultimately defeating their human visitors for no logical reason other than I suppose that’s what rock-bugs living on a dead rock in space with absolutely nothing to live on would do.

Other things got on my nerves as well.  The fake 8mm film was logical enough, but using modern drunk-camera work was too much.  People didn’t do that then, really.  Knowing some tricks of NASA didn’t help with the experience either.  They didn’t waste a lot of battery juice broadcasting video 24/7.  Most of what happened in the lander would not have been broadcast.  They just didn’t have the juice to spare back then.  The only way most of what was recorded would have ever been seen would be if they had gotten it on a later trip.  But, it was destroyed at the end of the movie.  And, why didn’t they just turn off the transmitters that were supposedly causing the problem?  They could have plugged them back in if they weren’t the problem.

Bad movie, really, really, bad. No thumbs.