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In terms of sheer technique, the film has been executed about as ably as one could desire.All thats missing is a compelling reason for it to exist.
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Despite the inherent silliness of that premise, Johnson captures a unique climate of Cold War era paranoia while keeping the material fast and fun.
Theres no good answer to that question, making it impossible to get lost in cheap thrills and lame historical speculation.
Its a unique experience that lets you marvel at the technical achievements without ever taking you out of the narrative.
Toronto writer director actor Matt Johnsons movie within a movie record of the young agents Cold War conspiracy adventures comes across more as a ramb ..
The earnest enthusiasm with which Operation Avalanche begins, and the paranoia and fear toward which it proceeds, chart the course of an entire nation ..
The talking in circles banter with crusty old NASA officials feels like vintage Albert Brooks.
The ending doesnt quite land the gut punch its hoping for, but this is more about fun than about exposing deep, nefarious truths.
The film attains a chilly existential quality as Matt Johnsons character discerns the weight of his actions.
This independent, found footage effort has some zany ideas and enough irony to sustain a fair sized short, but at 94 minutes, it sputters and stalls.
But for those looking for a brash new entry in the cinematic landscape, Operation Avalanche is an almost otherworldly gift.
The Globe And Mail
But, Johnson and his cast and crew make it fresh again in a nostalgic and old fashioned way.
Its ultimately a movie in search of something of substance beneath its technical and narrative gimmickry.
Mark Reviews Movies
Matt Johnson directed, cowrote, and stars in this mockumentary about a CIA conspiracy to fake the Apollo 11 moon landing, which NASA officials fear th ..
As if to add one extra layer of meta to this wink wink sandwich, Johnson plays himself, as does his costar Owen Williams.
Turning lack of sophistication into a virtue is a skill that the filmmaking hyphenate Matt Johnson has in abundance.
The New York Times
Thats fine as far as it goes, but if thats all there was to Operation Avalanche it would be an entertaining stunt, nothing more.To Johnsons credit he ..
Ingenuity like this is a prized commodity in an age where anything can look like anything onscreen.
Operation Avalanche doesnt mark the first time director Matt Johnson and Owen Williams have played themselves, although its hard to imagine a more inv ..
Thats more than a bit of a stretch, and when the film has nothing other than good looks to recommend it, its more than a bit impudent.
Such a film only works if it has a great ending, though, and this one, despite being a jolly ride at times, simply peters out.
New York Post
Where it lacks is in authenticity, too often feeling like an in joke with no punchline.
The Film Stage
But once Operation Avalanche tries to be something other than a testament to the joy of making movies, it starts to buckle under its own narrative wei ..
Consequence Of Sound
Its a fun movie, and Johnsons comic timing is as sharp as his technical facility.But I really hope he does something different with his next picture.
While it might be a stretch to call his pictures to date mainstream, they represent a desire to be wholly entertaining, while also offering a challeng ..
The Play List
What started out as retro conspiracy comedy abruptly becomes paranoid thriller.
Better as a tribute to the lost art of analog filmmaking and practical effects than a paranoid espionage thriller, Operation Avalanche enthralls the v ..
And whilst the ending doesnt really stick, Operation Avalanche impresses with its humour, depth and numerous salutes to Kubrick.
A bold, imaginative and refreshingly diverting documentary thats occasionally uneven in tone, and most fun and clever when it doesnt take itself too s ..
Nyc Movie Guru
The absence of female characters and the shallowness of the personalities we do see further flatten the experience, although there are enough paranoid ..
Not for one second did I believe any of the found footage could have spent the past 50 years lounging in a time capsule.The staged re creations dont m ..
And like many technical marvels, it comes at the expense of creativity elsewhere.Moonwalkers tried too hard to please genre hounds; in fact, it could ..
Metro New York
Its a charming picture, but it takes no shortcuts to easy happy endings.
Its a conceit that quickly loses its preciousness as the story becomes more and more engaging beyond the genuine humor of Johnsons goofball antics pro ..
Killer Movie Reviews
So when the final detour veers so strongly into the self indulgent, its all the more disappointing.
Under The Radar Mag
Instead, it ends up being a little too smart for its own good, so enamored with the cleverness of its found footage premise that it forgets to tell a ..
Unfortunately, Operation Avalanches uneven narrative engenders frequently dull moments, especially for a 90 minute film, that effects cant save.
Ingeniously using his low budget to address his ambitions, Johnson has directed, co written (and starred in) a unique science fiction film.
Operation Avalanche is both a hilarious mockumentary and a tense thriller that dares to imagine what crazy people have been saying for 40 years; that ..
Seesawing between comedy and edge of your seat thrills, thats exactly what Operation Avalanche delivers.
Concrete Play Ground
I wouldnt recommend Operation Avalanche but I also wouldnt bet against Johnsons industry and ambition.
New City Film
But the humor is played out in a series of inside jokes that never land for the audience.
You dont have to believe in conspiracies to enjoy the movie versions.
This is completely unethical and an affront to honest documentarians.
The idea is a good one, but the ending feels more standard than the beginning.Johnson cant quite finish as strong as he starts, and in writing and dir ..
Sandiego Union Tribune
Operation Avalanche is a love letter to Kubricks visual effects, and they got a good Kubrick lookalike and a fun reference to room 237.
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