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The Last Days On Mars (2013)



Critic Consensus: Neither intelligent enough to work as thought-provoking sci-fi nor trashy enough to provide B-movie thrills, The Last Days on Mars proves as cinematically barren as the titular planet.

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On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery - fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora. (c) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Clive Dawson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2014
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Liev Schreiber
as Vincent Campbell
Romola Garai
as Rebecca Lane
Elias Koteas
as Charles Brunel
Olivia Williams
as Kim Aldrich
Johnny Harris
as Robert Irwin
Goran Kostic
as Marko Petrovic
Tom Cullen (III)
as Richard Harrington
Yusra Warsama
as Lauren Dalby
Patrick Joseph Byrne...
as Flight Commander Ell...
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Critic Reviews for The Last Days On Mars

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (20)

Alas, the film quickly loses its offbeat charm and devolves into a routine monster movie.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Appealing as that might sound to the walking-dead obsessed, this modest, low-budget sci-fi thriller is fatally lacking in entertainment value.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

In the ways that "The Last Days on Mars" is like a horror movies, it's typical, and in the ways it's different, it's mostly flat.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

"The Last Days on Mars" seems like it could deliver ... thought-provoking goods - at least until the plot devolves into Zombies in Outer Space.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

[A] low-budget, highly predictable, but well-acted Red Planet thriller ...

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Old fashioned, straightforward, entertaining sci-fi horror.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

Audience Reviews for The Last Days On Mars

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

The search for life is about to end.

Good movie! This movie had a shot at being quite good, only made it to pretty good. Performances were good, but the story went from scientific to space horror a tad too quickly. It's a decent watch and only killed about 98 minutes, so you won't find it to be a total waste of time. If you watch it with the thoughts of real early science fiction, you can see how it fit into the genre. Take the time, enjoy the ride and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, but not overwhelmed.

A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

This Irish, British and US co-production presented as science fiction thriller was directed by Ruairķ Robinson with a screenplay by Clive Dawson, based on the short story "The Animators" by Sydney J. Bounds. Filming mainly took place in Jordan. Its small cast stars Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Goran Kostic, Johnny Harris, Tom Cullen, Yusra Warsama and Olivia Williams. There were no outstanding performances but all of them where pretty solid!

The story of a research crew of eight inhabiting the Tantalus Base outpost on Mars was interesting but not developed in details. We witnessed the events in the last 19 hours of the six month mission which was to finish with a rendezvous with the lander Aurora, which will return them to their main orbiting craft. Nothing special was happening until the scientist Marko Petrovic (Goran Kosti?) found some samples that may point to life on the planet. Crewmate Richard Harrington (Tom Cullen) drives Petrovic, in a solar powered rover, to the spot where he had found the sample... and the tragedy strikes!

The movie was engaging enough to create continuity of the story without creating a major drama! There are moments at the start of Ruairi Robinson's feature-length directorial debut that seemed promising... especially a spectacular footage of dust storms and an eerie strings-heavy soundtrack that creates an effective atmosphere of doom. "The Last Days on Mars" was never going to be "Gravity," but it looked like it could aspire to be something closer to the highly enjoyable found footage film "Europa Report." However, the final result was a zombie type action movie which change the whole atmosphere!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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