Okay, I thought I’d get this review written and out there as soon as possible because I’m unsure how many of you have actually seen this one.
Lunopolis is one of those films that sometimes pop up and leave you scratching your head – “how the hell did I miss this one first time around?”
I’ll admit, sometimes it happens…but not often!
It’s actually even more surprising when the film turns out to be a blinding bit of work…
Two documentary filmmakers accidentally uncover the greatest moon secret the world has never known, and the powerful organization determined to keep it that way.
Re-Define Not Fade Away…
The Found Footage genre often gets a bad rap due to the lack of originality thrown into the majority of film plots.
Overall this is fine – I actually agree with this gripe from time to time!
In my book Lunopolis manages to completely re-define a genre without any marketing, budget or bullshit – I was quite literally gripped from start to finish.
Now, I know not everyone is going to agree with me here – this film doesn’t exactly tick many boxes on the Found Footage checklist.
There’s no night vision (from what I can remember), there’s no forest, there’s no asylum, there’s no stretchy-faced demons and there’s no snotty nosed girls telling the camera how sorry they are!
This offering COMPLETELY stands out on it’s own on EVERY level.
Lunopolis totally manages to mix up science fiction with conspiracy, re-launching the mockumentary style with an original twist of institutional authenticity.
To be honest with you, I have no real idea why this film has stayed in the shadows for so long?
Well it certainly looks as though I’m going to have to switch things around on the Top Ten page of this site – this blew my socks off.
To stumble across a film this good, in this genre, these days…is becoming more and more of a rarity.
Let’s not piss about here – the genre is becoming infested with extremely poor and vision-less titles that each climb on the backs of one another.
For a time, a couple of years ago, even the lower budget offerings were getting impressive with their use of CGI.
Over the last year that apple cart has seemed to tip BIG TIME!
These days most indie directors opt for a completely diluted plot line with no special effects whatsoever!
Here’s a simple tip for you – if you are not planning on letting the audience see the enemy you must create some sort of atmosphere to counteract this choice!
Lunopolis creates an atmosphere – and so much more!
The plot is complex, brave, unique and extremely well played out.
Matthew Avant directs the film and is also responsible for writing the plot – on top of that he takes up an acting role in the movie.
Put it this way – the next time I hear his name linked to a film it’ll be a case of ‘fuck everything else and drop what I’m doing’ – this guy has something in his locker that this genre was crying out for!
One of the most memorable Found Footage/mockumentary-styled offerings I’ve come across in recent times.
I fully recommend watching this little diamond in the rough!