NASA Wants You to Know Apollo 18 Is Not Real
09.02.11 by Chris
The American moviegoing public will believe anything they see.
That's apparently the perception of the bigwigs at NASA because the agency has released a statement, reassuring people that there was no Apollo 18 mission that landed on the moon — and just in case the dense American public can't then make the next leap, that no astronauts on the non-existant mission encountered something on the moon and never made it back.
Bert Ulrick, NASA's liaison for multimedia, film and television collaborations, spoke to the L.A. Times to calm public fears about the "found footage" movie.
Apollo 18 is not a documentary. The film is a work of fiction, and we always knew that. We were minimally involved with this picture. We never even saw a rough cut. The idea of portraying the Apollo 18 mission as authentic is simply a marketing ploy. Perhaps a bit of a Blair Witch Project strategy to generate hype.
We could see how NASA would think the public could be duped into thinking Apollo 18 was actually a documentary (never mind the fact that if the Apollo 18 crew never made it back to Earth, how was the footage discovered in the first place?).
The whole marking ploy behind Apollo 18 is that it's a documentary-style "found footage" horror flick. The movie's trailer opens with: "In 1972, the United States sent two astronauts on a secret mission to the moon. Despite decades of denial by NASA and the Department of Defense, classified footage of the mission was leaked to the media."
So we want to thank NASA for setting us straight. But maybe you can't blame the agency. Things are a little slow there now that the shuttle program has retired. They got to do something to keep busy.
Here are some expected future government agency press releases:
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Is Not Real. Astronauts Did Not Discover 3-D Alien Robots on Moon.
The Change-Up Is Not Scientifically Possible. Body Switching Is a Myth.
Green Lantern Is Not Based on a True Story. Ryan Reynolds Is Not a Leading Actor.