Red Planet Reviews
"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.
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.
It is Very similar to The Martian! I've seen it about 3 times and thoroughly enjoyed it!