Mission to Mars Reviews
It's a solid movie. Give it a watch.
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?