Operation Avalanche

Dir.: Matt Johnson | United States, Canada 2016 | 94 min

Put on your tin foil hat, it's conspiracy time, and what conspiracy is more beautiful or more persistent than the one about the moon landing? There is something irrefutable about those shadows and the lack of dust on Armstrong's boots. And all of it is there in Matt Johnson's brilliant Cold War thriller drama mockumentary. The story follows a group of young, ambitious CIA agents, who in 1967 infiltrate NASA under the guise of being a documentary team trying to uncover a Russian mole. But when NASA is about to lose the space race, they get a new mission: fabricate Apollo 11's moon landing. They hire Stanley Kubrick, build models and conspire, and soon they have created a lie that is so big that it can cost them their lives. 'Operation Avalanche' moves briskly from fake documentary to bombastic thriller with cool 60s aesthetics and handheld 16mm. It seems guerilla-like and shot from the hip, but in reality it is tightly constructed. Or is it? According to Johnson, who himself plays one of the lead roles, the crew was let into NASA because they, just like in the film, pretended to be a documentary team interested in Apollo 11. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Original Title
Operation Avalanche
Country
United States, Canada
Release Year
2016
Duration
94 min.
Directors
Matt Johnson
Producer
Matthew Miller, Lee Kim, Matt Johnson
Script
Animation
Tristan Zerafa
Cast
Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Ray James
Camera
Andrew Appelle, Jared Raab
Sound
Matt Chan
Editor
Curt Lobb
Production Company
Lionsgate
Version
English Version
Tempo
7
Thrills
7
Sighs
4
Laughs
4
Look
5
Food for thought
5