Mars (2010)




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A new space race is born between NASA and the ESA when Charlie Brownsville, Hank Morrison, and Dr. Casey Cook compete against an artificially intelligent robot to find out what's up there on the red planet. 'Mars' follows these three astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor. On the way they experience life threatening accidents, self doubts, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel. This romantic comedy is told in the playful style of a graphic novel- using a unique animation process that director Geoff Marslett developed specifically for the film. Underneath the silliness Mars is also an exploration of exploration. Why do we want to know what is out there? How do we react to what we find? Is it really that important? And where does love fit into the whole thing? While our brave astronauts are out there taming the new frontier, their voyage is reflected, and sometimes distorted, through the eyes of the reporters, scientists, and politicians back home. Once they reach the 'new world' life and love flourish in the most unexpected places. --© Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Mars

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Low key, low budget and low energy, this animated space odyssey from the writer and director Geoff Marslett accompanies three mismatched astronauts to the red planet and the search for new life forms.

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
New York Times
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A memorably odd, mellow affair.

Full Review… | November 30, 2010
Village Voice
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Mixing mumblecore with science fiction is original, but the resulting film demands more than it delivers

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Deserves a fate better than collecting dust, especially when its potential cult status is written all over it from frame one.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
What Culture

It's mumblecore in space, and If that sounds like your thing, then Mars can be a rewarding experience.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

The United States's first couple being a cigar-smoking cowboy and his intellectually challenged wife is one anachronism we could all live without.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Mars


Mark Duplass is the only reason I kept watching for his sure wittiness, but this new graphic style of a romantic comedy in space is really weird, but interesting.

Ryan Carson
Ryan Carson

Imaginative, visually stylish and refreshingly character-driven understated, mellow, low-fi sci-fi. It could have been more compelling had it taken more risks by increasing its satirical bite, but it does manage to be one of those almost awesome smallscale projects.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

More like a college class project than a feature film. Cute but uninspired.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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