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½ November 2, 2018
Red Planet came out when there was a rush for Mars films(there was also De Palma's Mission to Mars released the same year). This is a decent film featuring some good actors and fine special effect but the plot is bare. A group of scientists head to the red planet and something goes awfully wrong and they are stranded. Then it is a matter of time and life and death. I won't spoil anything for you but this is one of those in flight movie type of films that you watch and forget. Not bad- just average.
August 22, 2018
Intento fallido sobre una aventura marciana.
June 20, 2018
Red Planet came out when there was a rush for Mars films(there was also De Palma's Mission to Mars released the same year). This is a decent film featuring some good actors and fine special effect but the plot is bare. A group of scientists head to the red planet and something goes awfully wrong and they are stranded. Then it is a matter of time and life and death. I won't spoil anything for you but this is one of those in flight movie type of films that you watch and forget. Not bad- just average. (Decent science fiction adventure).
October 25, 2017
These reviews make zero sense. This movie was damn good dont listen to these bad reviews. The only one review who was right was roger ebert who gave this a 3/4 stars. I would aree with that, actually I might even give it a 3.5 stars. Sometimes I just don't understand the ratings of these movies...
October 2, 2016
Effects-driven sci-fi is one big yawn from start to finish.
June 22, 2016
One of the better films about Mars, it explores a vast new world full of danger, populated by murdering robots and obsolete but still functioning Russian probes.
Super Reviewer
June 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.
May 6, 2016
Mission To Mars at least had a neat twist. This just plays out like a less-entertaining early draft of Damon's The Martian.
April 14, 2016
Big blueprint for the far superior The Martian but decent enough to watch if there's nothing else on!
January 17, 2016
In 2056 AD, Earth is in ecologic crisis as a consequence of pollution and overpopulation. Automated interplanetary missions have been seeding Mars with atmosphere-producing algae as the first stage of terraforming the planet. When the oxygen quantity produced by the algae is inexplicably reduced, the crew of Mars-1 investigate; a crew consisting of Dr. Quinn Burchenal (Tom Sizemore), an agnostic geneticist, Dr. Bud Chantilas (Terence Stamp), an aging philosophical scientist and surgeon, systems engineer Robby Gallagher (Val Kilmer), commander Kate Bowman (Carrie-Anne Moss), pilot Lt. Ted Santen (Benjamin Bratt), and terraforming scientist Chip Pettengill (Simon Baker). When Mars 1 is damaged in arrival, Bowman remains aboard for repair while the others land to locate an automated habitat established earlier to manufacture food and oxygen. During insertion, the team's landing craft is damaged and crash-lands off-course. In the aftermath, "AMEE" (Autonomous Mapping Exploration and Evasion), a military robot programmed to guide them, is lost, and Chantillas suffers a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding, and tells the others to leave him behind. Santen refuses, but Chantillas tells them that they only have eight hours of oxygen left to make it to HAB 1, the automated habitat placed on Mars. Chantillas tells Gallagher that it's all right, as he got to see Mars for the first time, and the others leave to allow Chantillas to die in peace. In orbit around Mars, Bowman contacts Earth, which informs her that Mars-1 is in decaying orbit, but offers hope of restoring engine function in departing Mars.The crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves...

"Red Planet" has a great cast with Sizemore, Kilmer, Stamp, Kilmer, Moss, Bratt and Baker and all give solid performances in this apocalyptic science fiction thriller adventure. The set up with Earth on the verge of dying is as current as ever as it was back in 2000 when the film was produced and this creates a sense of "now" when re-seeing it. However, the idea in the film how to terraform Mars by growing a special type of algae on the surface of the planet might be a bit farfetched and believable as a storyline. Then again it“s a film, not reality. Parts of the problem with "Red Planet" is the script that doesn“t manage to explain certain plot twists, certain scenes and certain actions as well. This keeps making the film feel a bit messy plus the CGI is not up to scratch all the time. Which also builds on the unbalance in the film. Having Stamp die that early on in the film is a mistake in my book, as he adds so much weight. And why is Carrie-Anne Moss put in a nude shower situation that really doesn“t add anything to her character and the fact that she keeps on walking around in see through tank tops a bigger part of the movie. Great actress and a beautiful woman for sure, but those scenes are simply not necessary. "Red Planet" is not too bad, but there“s too much that doesn“t connect in the story and it never really becomes that exciting as you would hope it would.
Super Reviewer
January 11, 2016
The poster is more exciting. Stare at the poster for 2 hours instead.
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Super Reviewer
December 31, 2015
A sci-fi that fails to amaze! Nothing sets this movie apart from other average sci-fi dramas.
½ October 6, 2015
Man, was every piece of equipment in this movie programmed or built terribly or what? The landing pod led to one crew member's death, not surprising considering it was a rolling death trap. There were no sensors to detect a breathable atmosphere. The navigator robot went berserk after a crash it should have been able to withstand (and does kung fu, apparently, in fact, the whole military mode idea was obscenely stupid). And so on. It's really the only reason they were able to have a plot. All this fictional universe's engineers are idiots.

As for the occasional "profound" dialogue, much of it is awful. For example, the science vs. philosophy vs. god debate. A lot of people have argued far more convincingly than the token wise old man character did. And many have combined the concepts as well. It pushes an either/or agenda that is rather simplified. God forbid our movies be intelligent.

The acting is lazy. You can tell they all phoned this one in for a paycheck. The cinematography is at times striking, but not enough to make this a film to recommend.
September 15, 2015
This Movie Should Have Higher Ratings!
It is Very similar to The Martian! I've seen it about 3 times and thoroughly enjoyed it!
September 13, 2015
Some interesting ideas, but really, it played out about as well as a poorly written and conceived sci-fi comic book story.
½ June 22, 2015
Most of the visual effects hold up pretty well (besides the bugs, the green screen stuff and a few fire shots), but this nothing-of-a-story is very damn dull.... and the characters are certainly not worth watching.
June 1, 2015
With a fine cast and good special effects you'd think they'd spring for a decently written script?
February 16, 2015
I've watched a lot of movies about mars. this wasn't among the best.
½ January 26, 2015
So bad, this is a quickly put together movie plagiarising the novel "the Martian" by Andy Wier. The Martian is one of the best science fiction books i have read, i only hope this is not the only attempt to turn a great novel into a movie. Val kilmar you are off the xmas card list for this one.
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