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Movies inspired by computer games always seem to be more about merchandising than art and this big-screen adaptation of the ground-breaking shoot-'em-up does little to dispel that view. For non-game fans, this is essentially an
knock-off, with tough-talking Sarge (The Rock) leading an elite marine outfit to Mars to find out what has happened to a group of scientists working on an anthropological dig. The nominal lead is brooding Kiwi star Karl Urban (
The Bourne Supremacy
), while a host of familiar British faces (Ben Daniels, Dexter Fletcher, Rosamund Pike) also get the opportunity to practise their American accents. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak (
Cradle 2 the Grave
) manages to resist the joy-stick approach to direction until right to the end - although that will probably be regarded as a negative by fans of the game.
A squad of specially trained soldiers is sent in to investigate after all communication with a scientific research station on Mars ceases - but none of them is prepared for the hordes of monsters that have overrun the planet. Sci-fi thriller based on the video game, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dexter Fletcher and Ben Daniels.
Cast & Crew
John Grimm, "Reaper"
Dr Samantha Grimm
May be edited for violence and swearing.
DVD and Blu-ray
2 Dec 2005
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