In the mid-21st century, the nations of a dying Earth look starward for a solution and set out to colonize Mars. But something no one could have expected awaits. Houston, we have big trouble. Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore star in this taut adventure about humankind's first mission to the mysterious Red Planet. Also on the mission is the multifunctional robo-assistant AMEE. In one mode, she's as loyal as a puppy. But a malfunction has locked her into a far different mode. She's became a killing machine bent on destroying the crew. Yet that's not the end of the expedition's perils. Because Mars may be barren, but it's not uninhabited.
Run of the mill Sci-Fi
- Red Planet review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The tired old plot of planet Earth running out of oxygen, and a crew sent to investigate a failed attempt of terra-forming Mars into a habitable planet for human life, is one never really seems to get up to speed. And the additional sub-plot of the friendly robot which malfunctions, and then one by one kills off the majority of the crew, is yet another tired old cliche and nothing that hasn't been done before.
With a good cast and a fairly decent plot-line, this film should have been so much more than the standard run of the mill Sci-Fi that it is. Even quality actors like Terrence Stamp and Carrie Ann Moss make hard work of the sometimes laughable wooden dialogue. And while there are worst ways to spend 90 minutes, don't expect anything you haven't seen before. However if you're looking for a more rewarding alternative, with a superior storyline and better acting try Brian De Palma's Mission To Mars.