1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA's race to the moon. The real mission - use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies - Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it.
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January 14, 2017 at 3:03 am
"Operation Avalanche" strikes close to the bone for me.
I understand that this gritty hand held camera style was intentional,
but it did not work for me. I never liked these "Blair which project"
style hand-held soddy grimy footages and if i had known that the entire
film is in that style i would not have gone to see it. The story line
was good and had a potential for a good drama or thriller. The ethical
dilemma that the main character suddenly is forced to face in the
middle of the film was a good hook for a gripping drama. But none of it
really played out or was used properly in the film. The muddy soddy style with ugly claustrophobic frames, none of which
was in focus did not add anything to the film. The characters and
dramatic element remained undeveloped and the fact that that there was
not one good clear frame simply started to irritate. Until about the
middle it was difficult to even understand what was going on or
separate the characters from each other as we could barely see them.
There was nothing to enjoy, or to go along with.This film was simply
annoying, pointless and boring.
Some really good parts and some really stupid parts
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Not to be harsh, but it just wasn't good
Matt Johnson is one of the most inspirational filmmakers today.
Although i didn't love his first movie The Dirties, his directing style
is really interesting. i liked the dirties but I thought it had a lot
of problems. So I thought maybe with a bigger budget he could do a
better movie so I was excited for Operation Avalanche. I saw the movie
yesterday and I have mixed feelings about it. Some parts are awesome
and incredible. Some parts are stupid and boring. But let's talk first about the good parts. I liked the score and the
soundtrack a lot it captured the time period very well. They also
captured the sixties feeling in this movie. I was always looking for
some time inconsistencies but I couldn't find anything. It had great
cinematography some shots were amazing. The improvised scenes in Nasa
felt real and genuine. And the scene with Stanley Kubrick was just mind
blowing. But by far the best moment in the movie is the car chase near
the end of the movie. This was the best car chase scene i've seen since
Children of Men it was so amazing and I think it was filmed in one
take, which makes it even more impressive.But sadly the movie had it's negatives. On IMDb it is credited as a
Thriller and for a thriller it is really boring. I don't mind
slow-paced movies, but some scenes in this movie go on for far to long.
It had one scene in the middle of the movie were they used special
effects and it just looked fake and laughable. There was a fight scene
that you couldn't take seriously, but it was meant to be. And you have
the same problem like in all his movies: the acting. It isn't usual that a movie has so many things it does well but also so
many stupid moments. I really hope his next movie will be better
because i like Matt Johnson as a person and I think he is very
inspirational. I really wanted to love this movie. I can say that i at
least liked it better then The Dirties so he has improved.I would give this movie a 7/10
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Boring and claustrophobic
An extremely ambitious addition to the emerging mumblecore genre,
Operation Avalanche proposes that in 1967, a small group of young
film-making CIA agents were responsible for 'faking' Apollo 11's
landing on the moon by staging and shooting it on a sort of makeshift
movie set. What makes this a great concept is the film's ambition,
which ironically, is what also makes it completely fail on so many
levels; for instance, actors seem to behave too much like themselves
and not as characters resulting in things like them speaking as if
they're from a different era than intended which, coupled with
inconsistent costuming, is both jarring and shoddy. Filmmaker Matt
Johnson simply bites off more than he can chew with his 'found footage'
brainchild and audiences by the end of it will be like, "Houston, we
want a refund."