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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average sci-fi fare
Red Planet has flaws (many of the plot twists are fairly predictable, some of the science is screwy), but overall is a pretty good value pick. Kilmer's wise-cracking "space janitor" is a character we can care about, Sizemore provides good counterpoint, and Moss is an eyeful. The problem-solving aspects of the plot lift it above the morass of most sci-fi; the characters...
Published on May 9, 2008 by Todd Guthrie
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting And Entertaining Sci-Fi Thriller...
I recently rented this DVD to wile away a stormy Saturday night, and was pleasantly surprised to find what I had anticipated to be just another pot-boiler to be a moderately intelligent (ins't it interesting that one now grabs at any signs of intellect or mentioning of issues as surprising) treatment of a depressingly possible set of future circumstances; having so...
Published on April 8, 2001 by Barron Laycock
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3.0 out of 5 stars If Nothing Else, it beats watching "Mission to Mars".,
The film is a Bare Bones "Beat the Clock" story, like "Pitch Black" but not as good. Both are Great to Look at (as they were filmed in my native Australia) but "Pitch Black" actually had Believable, Likeable and Well-Developed Characters and a little more Substance. "Red Planet" has Good Actors, but mostly it wastes them. It seems to be in a Huge rush to Kill everyone off, so why bother Developing them.
Val Kilmer gives a Strangely Likeable performance, a Toned Down version of his "Island of Dr Moreau" performance. He saved that film and he saves "Red Planet". Carrie Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore lend Good Support to the film, but it's Simon-Baker Denny who gets the all round Best Performance. His facial say a lot about his Character Personality and we Never know weather to Trust him or not, he never sinks into True Blue Goodie or Clichéd Bad gut, he cleverly stays in the middle, an Enigma. He makes the film Far more interesting. Terence Stamp's performance looks Superimposed from any one of his other films and Benjamin Bratt is annoying. Both Actors were Unnecessary and only there for their Names and their Paychecks.
Like virtually All of this films target audience, I saw it for it's Special Effects, which looked Great in the Theatrical Trailer. In the Film, they range from State-of-the-Art (the AMEE Robot) to Sad State of Affairs-Effects (the Zero-Gravity Fire, which was done Way better in "Event Horizon"). As for Alien Life on Mars, I don't want to give away too much but for Me the result was Quite a Let down. "Too Little Too Late" sums it up fairly well.
The film does have Quite a Few things that make it Well worth a look. AMEE the Robot was the Real Star of the film; she should get her Own film, which I'd like to see. A Military creation with the Looks of a Cheetah's Skeleton, the Mind of a Green Beret, the fists of Bruce Lee and the Mentality of the Blair Witch (they both love to Toy with their Victims). The way the boys Land on Mars is also a Highlight. NASA's Equipment gets Quite a lot Better in 50 some odd years. We Finally have Space suits that are Mobile and Strong, and Ships that take 6 months to get to Mars, but Prey that a Solar Flare does hit the ship or it Falls apart like a Go Cart under a Semi.
Sure some of it is Nonsensical, but lots of it Works. "Red Planet" is Ultimately a Good Way to pass an Hour and Forty minutes. Once you get over the fact that Hollywood has Yet to make the Definitive Mars Flick (Tim Burtons "Mars Attacks" is the best so far, and that is a Worrying Thing) you can sit back and Enjoy what they Have made, a Fun, Old Fashioned "Beat-the-Clock" Sci-fi Flick.
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but boring and desperate for attention.,
2.0 out of 5 stars It should have stayed on the dark side of the planet.,
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad science fiction film. It could have been better,
3.0 out of 5 stars Gilligan's Island on Mars,
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought it'd be a lot better,
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Like all movies that take place on Mars, something goes wrong at the beginning, putting the crew in danger. Unlike other movies, though, Mars has little to do with the movie. It's about their robot AMEE who is set on military mode and is trying to kill the stranded crew while Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), tries to save them.
Val Kilmer does his normal, "I can't act" role, which I was ready for, so didn't mind too much. However, Tom Sizemore surprised me. I loved him in 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Enemy of the State', but found that in this film, he was very hard to believe, and his acting was stale...that was disappointing.
Overall, I found about 2 minutes of this film entertaining. It all involved the death of one of the crew members, however. In my opinion, 'Red Planet' was doomed from the start. With poor acting, lack of any tension, and a plot I could care less about, the actors and actresses had very little going for them...even the ending was rushed, almost as if the writer had nothing to use, so he just slapped on something to finish the script. This film could've been so much better, but it wasn't. (Come to think of it, I had trouble even believing the special effects.)
Rent this movie if you're bored or if you really want to see it for yourself...if you liked 'Mission to Mars', you won't like this, but it's up to you. :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars If it's like this, then I don't want to go...,
When oxygen levels suddenly stop rising and begin to decrease, it's decided that they must send a ship out to investigate, enter the intrepid crew. Carrie-Anne Moss plays Captain Kate Bowman, no doubt in homage to 2001, and for some reason people still find her interesting. Val Kilmer plays the sensitive engineer Gallagher, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), appears as the arrogant and self-aggrandizing co-pilot, Ted Santen. Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) is the biologist, Dr. Quinn Burchenal, and Terrance Stamp as the philosophical, God-searching Dr.Bud Chantillas, who of course is doomed to die. The last member of this so-called crew is AMEE, a robot hunter-killer that resembles a cheetah on lone from the Marines as a ground navigator. This movie offers up more cliches than a Glenn A. Larson episode of Battlestar Galactica. Cliches aside, the crew was at least more likeable than the characters in Mission to Mars.
The Mars-1 spacecraft looks as though it were designed by committee who didn't talk to each other. The final result being a long shaft with counter-rotating rings near each end with what look like cargo containers strung between them. Why these rotating sections are there are anyone's guess, because none of the sets seems to have curved floors or walls. However, the ship has 'artificial gravity' which is either provided by the rotating rings or gravity generators built into the decking - whatever it is they never say. The interior sets are spacious to say the least, Nasa should be lucky to have so much unused space. Duty stations and consoles look like afterthoughts. The crew of six spends the next six months en route to mars, awake and interacting with each other. I don't know about you, but if I was stuck in a confined space with only six people, there would only be one person at the end when we got to Mars.
Things go bad for the ship when it gets whacked by a gamma ray burst from the Sun and shorts out everything but the AI computer, Lucile. While Bowmen spends the rest of the movie being told what to do by the computer, the boys launch down to the planet's surface and promptly crash in one of the funniest unintentional moments in the film. The little landing craft bounces down cliff side after cliff side only to come to rest at the bottom of a canyon. AMEE, who was in the landing craft is lost after the thruster array is jettisoned, is of course damaged and doomed to go on a killing rampage after the survivor. Meanwhile, Chantillas dies from injuries sustained in the crash, the rest are left to walk the several kilometers distance to the habitat module that was set up automatically months before their arrival. Somehow these spacesuits that do not have back packs of any sort have 7˝ hours of oxygen in them - just enough time to make it to the habitat site to find out that it has been trashed. Defeated and forlorn, the men decide to sit down and die of asphyxiation when one of them gets the bright idea to take off his helmet, whereupon they learn that there is a breathable atmosphere on Mars.
The more I think about this film the more I realize that both it and Mission to Mars weren't that good. Both had their moments, but could have benefited from another script treatment. That and perhaps letting other directors actually make the film. Red Planet's special effects are really quite good, especially the liquid fire and lander crash sequences. Overall, however the end result is a mediocre attempt to do a Mars movie. It's cliche and largely unoriginal, but still delivers some really nice bits. Val Kilmer is wasted and has been in every movie since Tombstone and his brilliant performance as Doc Holiday. I have a genetic dislike for Carrie-Anne Moss and have since the Matrix (perhaps the worst film of 1999). Red Planet delivers a slight twist on the 'life on Mars' bit, but that really isn't enough to make this a memorable film.
2.0 out of 5 stars MISSION TO THE RED PLANET(Mars?),
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindless enjoyment,
This review is from: Red Planet (VHS Tape)If you are in the mood for a sit-back-with-some-popcorn-and-enjoy-a-movie movie, Red Planet is for you. The plot is weak- scients have sent alge to Mars to create an atmosphere, but oxygen levels have not increased. A mission is sent to the red planet to determine why. When they realize the habitat they were to live in on Mars has been destroyed, they fall into Lord of the Flies mode- killing and not trusting each other. An extremely weak love story is woven in between Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss (of Matrix fame). Visual effects are strong.
So, if you are in the mood for a mind-numbing, visually stunning experience, Red Planet is for you.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise to Most,
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