Friday, April 15, 2011

Mission to Mars (2000) [PG] **

This rather disappointing, slow-moving, highly derivative sci-fi, adventure, drama tells the story of a rescue mission to Mars. When the first manned mission to the red planet meets with an unexplained catastrophe, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the mysterious disaster and bring back any survivors. Rescue mission astronauts include Tim Robbins and Connie Nielsen as a married couple, Gary Sinise and Jerry O'Connell, while Don Cheadle plays the sole survivor of the original manned mission. 

Given that the film was co-written by the prolific writing team of brothers Jim Thomas and John Thomas (Predator, Wild Wild West), and Graham Yost (Speed, Broken Arrow), and directed by the usually-impressive Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible), Mission to Mars should have been a far, far better sci-fi thriller than it is. The best thing one can say about it, if we overlook the plodding pacing, plot holes and scientific inaccuracies, is that it is mildly entertaining and evokes memories of 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, The Abyss, Apollo 13, and Contact. Still, it is difficult to recommend this film, unless you are a long-term, forgiving fan of Gary Sinise or Tim Robbins. 

Labels:  adventure, drama, sci-fi   
Internet Movie Database   
Metacritic 34/100   
Tomatometer (critics=25, viewers=30)

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