Operation Avalanche Movie Review
Just when you thought the found footage genre was dead (again), along comes Operation Avalanche, a movie that is thankfully not another cheap horror film--it’s a cheap thriller of sorts. Largely forgettable and annoyingly acted, the movie has its moments but never amounts to a whole lot.
And it actually would have worked better as a comedy.
About a group of awkward CIA agents who pose as a documentary film crew to infiltrate NASA and end up playing a role in a major conspiracy that still has its believers today, Operation Avalanche is thankfully only 90 minutes long, but it drags in parts nonetheless.
The cast, some of whom are also the writers and/or director of the film, frankly just aren’t convincing. The acting isn’t great; it’s hard to buy into these guys as CIA agents. And worse, they are just downright annoying.
The absurd story actually lends itself better as a comedy, and the actors’ demeanors would have been better suited for a comedy as well. The movie does attempt to inject some humor into the story, but it feels disingenuous and out of place, especially given the rather serious tone in which the film ends.
On the positive side, the middle act is pretty solid; once the decision is made to execute the cover-up, the pace picks up, the characters are given real purpose and the story unfolds organically.
Too bad the first and third acts aren’t nearly as strong.
Operation Avalanche will appeal to some filmgoers--it’s relatively light and easy to consume--but it just doesn’t work as a complete film. The best found footage movies convey a sense of realism--as if you’ve truly stumbled across lost footage, no matter how ludicrous the story--but Operation Avalanche never feels convincing, the filmmaking approach used to make a movie on the cheap and cut important corners that could have resulted in an enjoyable, entertaining experience.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.