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Red Planet (2000)

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14

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 87

While the special effects are impressive, the movie suffers from a lack of energy and interesting characters.

10

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 27

While the special effects are impressive, the movie suffers from a lack of energy and interesting characters.

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28

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 48,102

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An effort to circumvent global catastrophe becomes a disaster in its own right in this science fiction thriller. In the year 2050, Earth is on the verge of ecological disaster, and the Mars Terraforming Project has been created in hopes of making our neighboring planet habitable so that a colony of Earthlings might begin a new civilization there. But the project goes awry, and Commander Kate Bowman (Carrie-Anne Moss) is put in charge of a rescue mission to set the system back on its feet.

Mar 27, 2001

$17.1M

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Zero gravity.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
Newsweek
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A hardware-based endurance test that looks spectacular and is only slightly more exciting than a nine-hour cricket match.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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Early on, Lucy informs the crew there's been a 'failure to engage.' I think she was talking about the movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The year's second Mars movie isn't as laughable as the first, Brian De Palma's Mission to Mars, but it also offers far fewer signs of life.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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As dull and arid as a hike through the desert.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Red Planet is a giant roach motel of a movie, where actors check in but don't check out.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Better than you remember.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

What could have been regarded as a good monster flick turned into a biblical and preachy flick.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Red Planet's lack of original ideas locks it into a decaying orbit.

August 16, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Even when the astronauts are running out of oxygen, they still insist on espousing their theories about life, science and God. Had the movie any sexual or racial tension, it could pass itself off as "The Real World: Mars."

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The film’s dearth of imagination is nowhere more evident than in the flat, tepid dialogue.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

As B films go, Red Planet has its heart in the right place.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

In a choice of lesser evils, you could do a whole lot worse... While it never climbs very high, it survives because we know how much further it could fall.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Yawn. Another boring trip to Mars.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The only fun in Red Planet is trying to spot the reflections of the camera and crew in the smoothly-polished faceplates of the astronauts.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Look for Red Planet to crash as resoundingly at the box office as its heroes do on Mars.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Nobody who hasn't spent time in an asylum could have believed that this film was ever going to amount to anything.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Red Planet convincingly demonstrates that the shadow side of science is scary - very scary indeed.

March 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It does not have the right stuff. Indeed, it is pretty silly stuff.

March 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

No solamente es una mala película, sino un verdadero desperdicio de tiempo y dinero que no se le recomienda a nadie en su sano juicio

March 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

...a little more convincing and plausible than its predecessor, even if it is not enough reason to actually recommend the follow-up either.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Not only shamelessly rips off the best of the genre, but also fails to even put it into a nice sheen or an entertaining package.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Jacksonville Film Journal
Jacksonville Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Red Planet

The second Mars movie in the year 2000 and unfortunately it couldn't better the first offering 'Mission to Mars' but was actually a bit worse.

Again I was kinda hoping for a serious slice of sci-fi with a possibility of some epic lavish visuals and ideas but this film goes completely in the oppersite direction and gives you a more action based silly affair, to be frank you can guess by looking at the cast line up.

Kilmer, Sizemore, Bratt and Moss make up the space team this time and they do give a slightly better or less wooden performance than the team in 'MTM', you do get more of a grounded feeling from the characters instead of the perfect all American poster boy vibe you got with Sinise and Robbins in 'MTM'. Stamp heads the team to really try and give the film some gravitas but good old Terence can't quite get there, in fact his performance is the most stale of bunch oddly enough, I don't think space fits him too well.

You get the same kind of orbital and planetary issues as you would expect, nothing too original, it all looks very nice though, the space suits and ships are cool and well designed and Mars is well presented. The plot is fun and makes you think but overall the film is highly unrealistic (much more than 'MTM' despite that films alien inclusion) but does give a more grounded line of thinking with alien life and how it could work. The problem I had with the film was the sub plot revolving around the man made robot 'AMEE', it just felt disappointing that one of the main risks to the crew would be a 'Terminator' style man made robot.

In all honesty the film is fun and I quite like it, I like the whole space exploration concept and find it never gets dull and would welcome more films where teams explore our solar systems planets. It was a flop and I can see why, it starts off well but sinks fast into your average adventure, nothing outstanding, the 'Armageddon' of the two.
March 12, 2012
phubbs1

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Tame sci-fi with not much of a story leaving the actors without much to work with.
November 7, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Mediocracy on Mars. Considering I expected it to blow though, that's not such a bad thing. The storyline isn't all that great, but the cast is decent enough and as are the special effects. A little more action and imagination sure wouldn't have hurt though. For this adds nothing to the sci-fi realm that we haven't seen and encountered before. My suggestion: go watch Total Recall instead. At least there the planet is a little more alive and exciting.
July 6, 2011
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

This sci-fi flick has impressive effects, but they can't hide that the film is, emotionally, barren as Mars. I believe this SUCKS!
Val Kilmer smirks his way through a stupid storyline that drags interminably and botches just about every scientific element in the laughable script.
April 7, 2011
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

    1. Robby Gallagher: God works in mysterious ways.
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    1. Robby Gallagher: God works in mysterious ways.
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    1. Kate Bowman: A big ice storm's coming straight for you. It's the size of Montana, and it's moving fast. I'm going into comm blackout. You need to find shelter immediately, now.
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    1. Kate Bowman: A big ice storm's coming straight for you. It's the size of Montana, and it's moving fast.
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    1. Robby Gallagher: Kill him.
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    1. Chip Pettengill: So the military removed her reflexes? That should make her your kind of girl.
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