Red Planet

2000, Sci-fi, 1h 46m

103 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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While the special effects are impressive, the movie suffers from a lack of energy and interesting characters. Read critic reviews

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Mission Commander Kate Bowman is the pilot and commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race. It's 2050, earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming Project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed.

Cast & Crew

Val Kilmer
Robby Gallagher
Carrie-Anne Moss
Commander Kate Bowman
Tom Sizemore
Dr. Quinn Burchenal
Simon Baker
Chip Pettengill
Terence Stamp
Dr. Bud Chantillas
Bob Neill
Voice of Houston
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Jonathan Lemkin
Screenwriter
Channing Gibson
Screenwriter
Andrew Mason
Executive Producer
Chuck Pfarrer
Executive Producer
Charles J.D. Schlissel
Executive Producer
Graeme Revell
Original Music
Peter Suschitzky
Cinematographer
Dallas Puett
Film Editor
Owen Paterson
Production Designer
Kym Barrett
Costume Designer
Jeffrey A. Okun
Visual Effects Supervisor
Mark Sexton
Storyboard Artist
Jerry Weil
Digital Effects Supervisor
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Critic Reviews for Red Planet

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  • May 19, 2020
    Red Planet has so much going on, and it doesn't have control of any of it. Not a single actor fits their character, except possibly Carrie-Ann Moss, who spends basically the entire runtime too benched to really count as a character in 99% of the story anyway.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    The story behind this one was that humans had polluted the earth so much that we had to look for another place to live. Attempts to terraform Mars began and the first manned crew to Mars rockets there to check the progress and stay on the planet. Things go wrong and the film becomes a pseudo-Apollo 13 on Mars. Not as much of a Sci-Fi action flick as much as a "this could really happen" flick. There are a few action sequences that were exciting but a few of the characters were really unnecessary and the plot was driven by something that I still can't pinpoint.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2012
    The second Mars movie in the year 2000 and unfortunately it couldn't better the first offering 'Mission to Mars' but was actually a bit worse. Again I was kinda hoping for a serious slice of sci-fi with a possibility of some epic lavish visuals and ideas but this film goes completely in the oppersite direction and gives you a more action based silly affair, to be frank you can guess by looking at the cast line up. Kilmer, Sizemore, Bratt and Moss make up the space team this time and they do give a slightly better or less wooden performance than the team in 'MTM', you do get more of a grounded feeling from the characters instead of the perfect all American poster boy vibe you got with Sinise and Robbins in 'MTM'. Stamp heads the team to really try and give the film some gravitas but good old Terence can't quite get there, in fact his performance is the most stale of bunch oddly enough, I don't think space fits him too well. You get the same kind of orbital and planetary issues as you would expect, nothing too original, it all looks very nice though, the space suits and ships are cool and well designed and Mars is well presented. The plot is fun and makes you think but overall the film is highly unrealistic (much more than 'MTM' despite that films alien inclusion) but does give a more grounded line of thinking with alien life and how it could work. The problem I had with the film was the sub plot revolving around the man made robot 'AMEE', it just felt disappointing that one of the main risks to the crew would be a 'Terminator' style man made robot. In all honesty the film is fun and I quite like it, I like the whole space exploration concept and find it never gets dull and would welcome more films where teams explore our solar systems planets. It was a flop and I can see why, it starts off well but sinks fast into your average adventure, nothing outstanding, the 'Armageddon' of the two.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2012
    It's certainly not the best film of the genre, but it's not the worst. The script is uneven, and the CGI a bit outdated. Still, I liked its literal approach to science fiction and the team's mission, an emphasis not on wowing the audience, so much as trying to create tension and interest through the characters, which mostly works. The premise, as far fetched is it might be, is actually relatable, something many films of this specific genre lack. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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