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Mission to Mars Reviews

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January 13, 2018
Wasn't the greatest flick but I enjoyed it
½ October 24, 2017
At times, the camera floats with grace-while all else, from plot to performance, crashes and sinks abysmally.
½ September 25, 2017
Bad story, awful acting and a costume design that's only outdone by Gary Sinese's haircut. This mission should have been scrubbed. Why is this still on TV?
September 23, 2017
A story about a bunch of astronauts who went to Mars and found a Disney Pixar character.
½ September 16, 2017
This certainly is not as good as The Martian but it's not a bad film at all. It does get very cheesy at times but the action scenes and the CGI are very good. There are some very good moments in this film, and at times it is visually stunning. The story lets it down at times but it's an interesting film.
April 16, 2017
I'm not quite sure what everyone is complaining about. This is a solid film, with an interesting story and a great ending. Deserves at least one star more than Red Planet.
April 8, 2017
It's 2017 and this movie is now 17 years old. I just watched it for the first time and I think it was good. I enjoyed the cast, which was your typical late 90s / early 2000s action and sci-fi cast. I was most intrigued and not at all let down by the story of Mars as a planet and how it evolved into the cold and desolate planet that it is today.

It's a solid movie. Give it a watch.
½ December 23, 2016
Stiff acting. bland dialogue, dated score, ludicrous story
September 6, 2016
It was shocking to see that astronaut getting ripped apart in that vortex on Mars! I admire the effort and potential here, but as we get to the ship getting damaged above Mars, it nearly misses me! The pipe organ music sounded too bland in that scene, and I wanted it to stop! Almost a waste of potential from beginning to end.
June 25, 2016
I think its the film's score (and only in places) that puts so many people off - much of the music seems to hark back to some kind of 1960s Sound of Music theme park. The film is visually beautiful, with a lot of good science in the dilemmas, and a really interesting take on our nearest neighbour. I don't think its anywhere near as bad as people on here suggest, but then I didn't want us to leave Europe, and I can't stand the Kardashians - so what do I know.
May 22, 2016
21st century cinema left Brian de Palma behind
December 28, 2015
I always wonder what it's like on Mars. This movie was interesting!
December 27, 2015
it was soo good! I cried at the end
½ December 13, 2015
so I know I saw this before, but can't recall where or when. Somewhat maudlin and the 80's inspired soundtrack was distracting.
December 7, 2015
Interesante e imaginativa obra de ciencia ficción.
½ November 27, 2015
It's kind of a bland mix between The Abyss and Apollo 13 (it even has Gary Sinese in it). It's just an odd, muddled mess of poor storytelling, mediocre visuals, and an underutilized cast of talented actors. It's not terrible, but it's not exactly great either.
October 29, 2015
I honestly think this movie has a good start but then it sort of goes downhill. I like the concept of it all but somehow something else is still missing.
October 12, 2015
Manned mission to Mars uncovers unexpected encounter with alien life. Sluggish first half gives way to a more interesting second half once the rescue mission reaches Mars. Sadly, the alien looks like a cartoon; amazing to consider how much more real the fx looked 25 years before in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS.
October 6, 2015
Wow, this was laughably bad, even for science fiction. The score is awful. The dialogue is awful. It was overly schmaltzy, as if the characters had forgotten about all the people who died. Connie Nielsen's flawless American accent gradually morphed into her native Danish accent by the end of the film. The big reveal at the end featured some the worst CGI I've ever seen (even allowing for the fact that it might have been a hologram, but I doubt it, since they all touched it). There was a complete lack of understanding of even the most basic physics. Probably the biggest offender was when Connie flies off to save Tim Robbins and uses 50% of her fuel, having just enough to get her back. Except for momentum. You know when you throw something and it keeps going? I mean what the hell. Children know this.

The movie drags, even during the obligatory something-is-going-wrong scenes. Like a hull breach. You'd think they'd be plugging that in a timely manner, right? Nope. They decide to stand around looking serious and making obvious statements while the pressure drops before moving. There's so little meat to this movie that every scene must be stretched. All it can offer is visuals.

And finally, the plot itself. Why in the hell would one alien stick around, waiting for humans? They really needed to complete a puzzle to prove themselves human? Couldn't it just, I don't know, monitor earth like it was apparently doing all this time? Maybe take a damn DNA sample? They created life, so I think that wouldn't be beyond them. Why does it need a booby trap, and a lethal one at that? And why then would it take just the humans who found it? Why not all humans? Why is it a test? Why create life and then ask it to prove itself. The film portrays it as clearly benevolent, yet its actions are borderline retarded. Will there ever be another ship for more humans to go beyond? Seems unlikely. So what, in effect, is the point of all this?
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