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The Last Days On Mars (2013)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 43

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.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 17

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


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Sydney J. Bounds, Clive Dawson

Mar 4, 2014


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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (43)

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

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Appealing as that might sound to the walking-dead obsessed, this modest, low-budget sci-fi thriller is fatally lacking in entertainment value.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Last Days on Mars" seems like it could deliver ... thought-provoking goods - at least until the plot devolves into Zombies in Outer Space.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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[A] low-budget, highly predictable, but well-acted Red Planet thriller ...

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The acting is convincing across the board, especially Schrieber's, despite being saddled with such dialogue inanities as saying "you're gonna be all right" to a crewmate who is zombifying before his very eyes.

December 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Once danger presents itself and the screaming starts, it all becomes a basic space horror film that plucks tropes from the peg and rarely does anything interesting with them.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Our band of estimable actors have to contend with a storm of B-movie dialogue and the remorseless hammer blows of a stock horror plot line.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Consistently solid acting, smart direction and striking imagery cannot overcome a hackneyed storyline that cobbles together stale ideas and scenarios to a fittingly alienating effect.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

This sci-fi drama begins promisingly but loses its way in the Martian dust.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

Even at 98 minutes, the whole thing lasts way too long.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Solid but derivative space horror ...

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

An elegantly crafted adventure in classical science-fiction.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

You've never seen the red planet looking quite as humdrum as the one in The Last Days on Mars.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This is an intelligent and engaging sci-fi thriller that's well worth checking out. Also, did we mention the space zombies?

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Manages to break free from its low-budget limitations but is hamstrung by its own love of the genre.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A sci-fi horror dimmer than the dark side of the moon.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Escapist sci-fi meets horror hybrid...

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Nothing here that hasn't been done better before.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

movies with "Mars" in the title tend to suck

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

... fairly elemental sci-fier from UK that, during its creepier moments, will remind genre buffs of Hammer's top-drawer Quatermass series.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

Olivia Williams further enforces the theory, as demonstrated in 'The Ghost Writer' and 'Hyde Park On Hudson,' that there's no one right now more electric at playing royally pissed-off.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro

Sports a tremendously impressive cast for such a small, derivative movie.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
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three stars
November 19, 2013
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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.
November 7, 2013
Manu Gino

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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!
March 31, 2014
Panta Oz

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Probably the weakest film I have seen Liev Schreiber in to date. Weirdly enough, he is asked to carry the load of the film as the star actor, but what is written for him resembles more of a tragic and murky wuss. There's nothing in the plot that makes you feel for any of the characters, but what could have been a very cool concept of a zombie-like bacteria in space killing off members of the crew turns into an unexplainable lifeless horror romp. And it's not scary. The production value is easily comparable to something you'd see in a TV movie, but that's not to say they didn't at least try with some of the vehicles and space station setups. The whole time I was thinking of other science fiction space exploration movies that were just handfuls better than this.
December 4, 2013
Lane Zieben

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