Operation Avalanche 0.0 stars

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A pair of bumbling CIA agents masquerading as documentary filmmakers re-create the Apollo moon landing on a Hollywood backlot. In order for a premise like this to succeed, the re-creation must be accurate down to the grain pattern of the film stock. Not for one second did I believe any of the found footage could have spent the past 50 years lounging in a time capsule. The staged re-creations don’t mesh with the archival footage. The digitally juiced color is sharp and brittle, not warm and diffuse. Characters not miked and standing several feet away from the candid camera can be heard clear as a bell. Forget about the incongruous use of movie posters; the mugging these nerdy CIA agents display would give Milton Berle cause for alarm. The constant employment of shaky cam aesthetics owes more to Blair Witch than anything to come out of the ’60s. And was that a cell phone I spotted on a desk? You’d be better off downloading Peter Hyams’s em>. Directed by Matt Johnson. 2016.

Scott Marks

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