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Operation Avalanche

  • Director: Matt Johnson
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 94 min.

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, two young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. In disguise as documentary filmmakers, they tap phones and break into offices while purporting to learn more about the Apollo project. But when they end up uncovering a shocking NASA secret — and a major government cover-up — they decide to embark on a new mission that may put their own lives at risk

"The earnest enthusiasm with which Operation Avalanche begins, and the paranoia and fear toward which it proceeds, chart the course of an entire nation."
- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"Operation Avalanche demonstrates that there’s still plenty of room left within the found-footage format to craft fresh, high-concept projects."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"While the movie balances a spirited celebration of America’s space race ingenuity with a satire about the cleverness of mass deceit, it’s hard to ignore the one thing Operation Avalanche understands implicitly: whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, a well-crafted image can sell anything."
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The film attains a chilly existential quality as Matt Johnson's character discerns the weight of his actions."
- Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Operation Avalanche weaves well-known conspiracy theories into a goofily entertaining satire of youthful ambition co-opted as a tool of government intrigue."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

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