Mission to Mars
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Mission to Mars 2000

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors...

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@Dee5858 One of my all time go to movies. So brilliant. Glad someone else loves it too!
I have always loved this movie, and have seen it many times.
Love this movie
I really liked this movie. Something else I want to watch again.
Best in Show: Don Cheadle
One for the future: Don Cheadle (except when attempting a British accent as in Ocean's 11)
Stand-out scene: Tracking shot inside spaceship
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a


The Abyss, Alien, Apollo 13, Space Cowboys and The Right Stuff in a blender, mawkishness mars what otherwise would have been a satisfying, if derivitive, addition to the genre. Left behind on terra firma in Apollo 13, Gary Sinese (who worked with De Palma previously on Snake Eyes) gets his mission this time around on a rescue trip to bring home Luke Graham (Don Cheadle), surviving member of a four-man expedition to The Red Planet that ends in disaster. The action is preluded by an overly sentimental pre-launch house party, which establishes certain character and telegraphs certain plot developments. The rescue party arrive to find that they're able to take off their helmets in the space station's rudimentary greenhouse thanks to the addition of a few plants (i'm sorry but I can't suspend my disbelief at this skewed science!) to find Graham disorientated but otherwise unharmed by his ordeal. The real reason for the storm that devastated the original mission soon dawns on the surviving crew, leading to much Abyss-like developments. Sporting perhaps the worst haircut in movie history, Sinese coasts through his role, and supporting work from the likes of Tim Robbins, Connie Nielsen and Jerry O'Donnell is perfunctory at best. Scores an extra point because the 'space' footage is unhurried.

:rotten: :rotten: :rotten: :rotten: :rotten: More mindless evolution crap. This time it was caused by aliens. Tim Robbins, dies and Gary Sinise, has too much make-up on.
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Mission to Mars' begins with a team of astronaughts making the first manned mission to the red planet. Unfortunately things go... um, bad, and thus with no knowledge of any survivors and the six month time period it takes to travel to Mars, NASA sends out a rescue mission. More things go bad.

The setting is supposed to be 2020, but everything looks exactly like 1980. In the future there seems to be heavy reliance on product placement. From Dr. Pepper, to M&Ms, to having the damn Mars buggy plastered with Penzoil and Kawasaki. Are these astronaughts Earth's interstellar door-to-door salesmen? I was half expecting them to nix the American flag and firmly plant one for Nike. Maybe the future's just this way because they drink from square beer. Square

Director Brian DePalma unleashes fantastic special effect after another, but they can only sugarcoat the bitter taste 'Mars' resides in your mouth. 'Mission to Mars' is tragically slow paced, full of interchangable and indiscernible characters, and begging for some kind of insight. Don Cheadle and Gary Sinise prove that no matter how great an actor you are, when you're given cheesy sci-fi dialogue, it's still cheesy.

The fault lies with the more than three screenwriters, and DePalma himself. Plain and simple, DePalma has become a hack! His good days ('Carrie', 'Scarface', 'The Untouchables') are clearly behind him on his new downward slide. 'Mars' in any other director's hands would no doubt be different -- and that's no bad thing. DePalma's style of appropriations rapes the earlier, better, and more insightful '2001' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. DePalma and his relentlessly swinging stedicam doesn't create art anymore - he creates masturbations of art.

'Mars' is surprisingly and sadly devoid of any tension or suspense. The suspense was likely killed in the efforts to portray an "accurate and realistic NASA manned planetary exploration". Yet the scientific inaccuracies in this "accurate" portrayal are far too numerous to mention - let alone remember all of them. You cannot have tension during a problematic situation when the score is blaring church organs

One can suspend belief and enjoy movies, but 'Mars' is a listless journey toward sentimental other-worldly beings that just want a hug. The friendly alien thing seems to have been driven dry by now. Can we have them destroying our cities again? Pretty please.

Nate's Grade: C-