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65 Ratings

Operation Avalanche

Directed by Matt Johnson
United States, 2016
Drama, Mystery


1967, the height of the cold war: the global race to put a man on the moon is afoot. Suspicions are brewing within the CIA that a Russian spy has infiltrated the inner-circle of NASA in an attempt to sabotage the Apollo Program…

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Operation Avalanche Directed by Matt Johnson
The writer-director has an obvious affection for the period and takes great pains to re-create it, but he does the viewer no favors by starring or by shooting dialogue that sounds like something from an improv-comedy sketch. A send-up like this works far better for a few minutes on the small screen (see Documentary! or Drunk History); at feature length it becomes a stylistic exercise, like a kid mugging for the camera through an Instagram filter.
September 29, 2016
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The diversions can’t mask the project’s overall dearth of creativity, nor justify its resuscitation of an idea so hoary that a previous version starred O.J. Simpson. In terms of sheer technique, the film has been executed about as ably as one could desire. All that’s missing is a compelling reason for it to exist.
September 15, 2016
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Packed with peekaboo shots through curtains and door grilles, “Operation Avalanche” weaves well-known conspiracy theories into a goofily entertaining satire of youthful ambition co-opted as a tool of government intrigue… The look at times is early “Twilight Zone” (achieved with a custom-built camera and vintage French lenses), while Tristan Zerafa’s cool visual effects — which sneak Kubrick into the action using only still photographs — make the lunar lunacy work.
September 15, 2016
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