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Red Planet

  • Drama
  • 2000
  • Antony Hoffman
  • 102 mins
  • 12

Summary

Members of a spaceship crew sent to explore the potential of Mars become stranded and are left fending off attacks from a seemingly unstoppable robot and a swarm of parasitic insects. Sci-fi thriller which proved to be an embarrassing and expensive flop, thanks to a lack of imagination as well as a badly misjudged cast, including Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This Mars-based science-fiction adventure makes Brian De Palma's underrated Mission to Mars look like 2001: a Space Odyssey. It's 2050, and a team that includes Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Carrie-Anne Moss and a hammier-than-ever Terence Stamp is sent to investigate when long-range efforts to make Mars habitable run into problems. Vital equipment is damaged in a crash-landing and the survivors are forced to depend on one another to fend off man-eating alien bugs and their own malfunctioning exploration robot while surviving the inhospitable terrain. Director Antony Hoffman's feel-bad fantasy can't be faulted technically: it looks great, and features some nifty space gadgets and nice special effects. But the plot lacks dramatic drive and the supposedly realistic depiction of interplanetary travel is markedly unengaging. The spectres of other, far better, sci-fi epics haunt the whole misbegotten patchwork: Alien, Starship Troopers, Short Circuit - you name it, it's in here somewhere. Aside from the ever-cool Sizemore, none of the actors registers as anything more than easily expendable ciphers, and the whole damp squib ensures Mars won't be a Hollywood travel destination for many moons to come.

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Credits

Cast

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GallagherVal Kilmer
BurchenalTom Sizemore
Kate BowmanCarrie-Anne Moss
SantenBenjamin Bratt
PettengilSimon Baker (2)
ChantilasTerence Stamp

Crew

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DirectorAntony Hoffman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2000-12-01
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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