For his second film, Matt Johnson (The Dirties) creates a reality/fiction hybrid, which explores the conspiracy theories surrounding the moon landing. The film is probably most notable for the way it was shot, as Johnson and his crew truly filmed inside NASA under the pretense that they were student filmmakers shooting a documentary about the Apollo program. Operation Avalanche has a very period feel to it, as the footage is manipulated to make it appear like it was shot on 16mm film, complete with a muted colour scheme and the presence of film scratches.
With Matt Johnson already having gone the fake documentary route with The Dirties, it can be said that Operation Avalanche is a bit of a rehash from that aspect, complete with stars Matt Johnson and Owen Williams playing versions of themselves. However, unlike The Dirties, there seems to be a lot more winking towards the camera, particularly when it comes to tongue-in-cheek references towards the moon landing conspiracy theories. In some ways, the story of how Operation Avalanche was made is more interesting than the film itself, however it is still a perfectly fine conspiracy film.