'The Landing' [DVD]
(Cindy Lou Adkins, Warren Farina, Don Hannah, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / Random Media)
Overview: 'The Landing' is a riveting, disorienting investigation into the end of Apollo 18, the last United States mission to the moon.
Interviews conducted for the flight's 25th anniversary reveal new mysteries around the controversial tragedy that almost destroyed an American institution.
DVD Verdict: In what has to be one of the best "documentary-style" works of fiction that I've personally seen for the past decade (or, perhaps, longer), 'The Landing' is truly a most brilliant work of cinematic art.
Presented in such a way that when it has finished (83 minutes), it leaves you craving more actual answers to the fiction that the film laid constantly before you, 'The Landing' is simply stunning; if not for that tantalizing aspect alone.
Originally created first as a short, years later it was developed it into a full-length feature, with the same actors recreating their roles, including Don Hannah (Daryl's sibling).
Indeed, and furthermore, you will want to head directly to your computers / iPhone to look up what actually happened to the Apollo 18 mission, trust me on this!
And having absorbed all the "swept under the rug (mis)information" that 'The Landing' would have you believe, you might even begin to question how such a scandal like this could have even been gotten away with!
Yes, I know it's a wondrous work of fiction, but 'The Landing' sure makes it easy to suspend disbelief and just go with it; and all it's zany (and some not so zany) thoughts and accusations, that's for darn sure.
So, basically put, 'The Landing' tells the story of why two out of three astronauts died after returning from a trip to the moon after their pod crashed in a desert, rather than in the Pacific.
In real life there were conflicting theories on what happened, and both sides are presented in this film, allowing the viewer to decide which they believe. Watch it tonight with friends and sit around afterward and have a meaty discussion - it's worth it, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.