The first full-length trailer for the Timur Bekmambetov-produced sci-fi thriller 'Apollo 18' has arrived online, and at least it looks to be taking the popular-right-now "found footage" trend in a direction that's different from what we've seen before. Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego (making his English-language debut), 'Apollo 18' tells of an 18th Apollo mission to the moon that was always kept secret because it involved what appears to be a deadly encounter with aliens.

It's a smart idea, and one they can totally play around with by trying to convince moviegoers that the canceled trip to the moon may have really happened and our government covered it up. Teenagers these days barely remember the names of any of the folks who traveled to the moon anyway, and so it shouldn't be hard to use some good old fashioned viral trickery to sell a few extra tickets.

The one problem the film may have is that it looks ridiculously claustrophobic, and there's not a whole lot you can do based on the rules they set up. The spaceship is tight, the astronauts are limited in where they can go and how much they can move, and the cameras onboard the ship that look to be doing most of the work here can only give us so much in terms of payoff. So, essentially, we are relying a lot on the actors to sell the tension, the scares and the sci-fi element, which could totally work and could totally not work. Here's hoping for the former.

Watch the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think. 'Apollo 18' hits theaters on April 22nd.
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Apollo 18
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