We don't know how the Mars-1 spaceship gets to Mars in only six months (newfangled propulsion, no doubt), but we do get some cool diagnostic read-outs on tinfoil scrolls, an abundance of well-designed hardware, and a service-robot-turned-villain that's a high-tech hybrid of RoboCop, Bruce Lee, and a slinky panther with plenty of lethal attitude. The oxygen in the Martian atmosphere has resulted from nascent efforts at terraforming, made necessary by Earth's over-polluted condition. Mars-1 has been dispatched to determine why the terraforming is failing, and upon arrival everything goes inevitably haywire. Nearly two hours, three deaths, and multiple crises later (including the discovery of a Martian life form), "space janitor" Val Kilmer and his ultra-competent commander (Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix) have collaborated to set things right, capped off by second dose of the wretched narration that bookends the movie. Hoary material, to be sure, and as a veteran of TV commercials making his feature debut, director Anthony Hoffman is clearly more comfortable with flashy visuals than depth of character. Still, he keeps things humming right along. A perfectly suitable companion to another Y2K sci-fi thriller, Pitch Black, Red Planet is a fine way to kill a couple of hours. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Val Kilmer, Carrie-Ann 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 become 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.
Cracking sci-fi. Don't miss... I thought that the fire in the spaceship sequence was amazing. Also loved the look of Mars. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sean Binning
The second of the Mars based box office bombs released in 2000, Red Planet is maybe - just maybe - worth a revisit by some who were irritated by it back on first viewing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Spike Owen
cos ive watched the rest .. not that bad could have been so much better but not that bad ;)Published 2 months ago by Nighthawk
I bought this film for the grand price of 1 penny plus postage. To say this was a bargain is an understatement. The story, acting, cinematography and special effects are excellent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lloyd T
Sci-fi entertainment that respects the viewer. Good cast, inventive plot, and unexpected events keep having you focussed till the end of the film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Apostolos
Pure fantasy great fun and entertaining ....but you never know.... perhaps one day it might be like this.Published 4 months ago by keith lloyd