Red Planet 2000

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In this space adventure, Mars is being prepared for the human race as Earth has become uninhabitable. But when the algae introduced there to create oxygen disappears, Commander Kate Bowman is sent to investigate. The ensuing action includes a crash landing, and desperate struggle to return to Earth, and the threat of a malfunctioning murderous robot.

Starring:
Terence Stamp, Val Kilmer
Runtime:
1 hour 42 minutes

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Red Planet

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Antony Hoffman
Starring Terence Stamp, Val Kilmer
Supporting actors Tom Sizemore, Simon Baker, Carrie-Anne Moss, Benjamin Bratt
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Down 3 greens on 14 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
A number of previous reviewers were disappointed by Red Planet. I wasn't. Of course, for die-hard SF fans (which I am not), fond of faster-than-light travel, intergalactic laser battles, indestructible monsters etc. the movie looks a bit pedestrian.

Red Planet is more of an adventure flick than your typical SF blockbuster. I found the plot quite believable, the technology fairly realistic (including "smart" extra-vehicular suits and a lander inspired by both the Apollo Lunar Module and the more recent unmanned probes) and the acting performances very decent. Val Kilmer's acting is quite subdued (you may at first wonder if he really is the main character), and the whole cast fill their roles well. Special effects are excellent yet unobtrusive (the zero-G fire and the "landing" scenes are quite impressive), while the depiction of the Martian surface is visually stunning and very close to reality. That, in fact, may be why SF fans generally didn't like the movie: it must have been too... believable. Apart from some gadgets, most of the technology displayed in Red Planet is already with us (or just around the corner), so it doesn't look like the 32nd Century or so. Yes, the storyline might be predictable at times, but it is still a good B-series flick, with no great pretence to be anything else. I'd call it a B+ series movie, and a good way to spend 100 minutes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "kevintebb78" on 7 Sep 2001
Format: DVD
There are many things to reccommend Red Planet. Obviously the film looks fantastic. Mars looks so real and the whole look of Red Planet is very slick. One of my favourite scenes Zero Gravity Fire has Carrie-Anne Moss battling a fire on board the space ship. The special effects are marvellous and the looks amazing as the fire is sucked out into outer space. Val Kilmer gives a good performance in the lead role as he battles against time, the elements and AMEE the malfunctioning multi purpose robot. Red Planet although far-fetched is an intelligent Sci-Fi film and it was good to see NASA's mars lander from 1997 make an appearance. Parts of this film seem to have been greatly inspired by Stanley Kubricks 2001. Most obvious is the case of the crews damaged robot Amee who when she hears that she is to be shut down tries to kill the crew. This seems quite similar to 2001's HAL. This isn't really a bad thing though as 2001 was probably the best sci-fi film ever, and whilst this Red Planet doesn't reach those heights it is still a damn fine film in its own right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2005
Format: DVD
If you are looking for some exotic space creature like Sigourney Weaver, or even Jane Fonda. Then this is not the movie for you. The closest it comes to this is the obligatory shower scene. If you are looking for big ugly killer creatures or space pirates, again this movie is not for you.
What this movie does contain are the popular actors of this time. One popular actor included but overlooked in a lot of reviews is Benjamin Bratt ...Ted Santen, who shows up again in "Miss Congeniality" (2000)where he seems to have gotten a much higher rating.
The movie is formula with the standard mix of personalities. The Mission is like all the others. There is a compelling need to go to Mars. Naturally disaster strikes. Some sacrifice some good guys, maybe some bad guys, a few anticipated suppress, and AMEE knows the way to a man's hart.
The DVD has some outtakes that you may find enhances the film and then again the scenes may have been taken out for good reason. There is no running commentary. I am not going to transliterate the story. If you watch it for fun then you should not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C BIRD on 27 July 2001
Format: DVD
Like the thematically similar 'Pitch Black', 'Red Planet' is a visually superb but poorly plotted sci-fi piece of hokum that will entertain but leave you with a feeling that this could have been significantly better if all concerned had tried harder or had been given more freedom. The look of the the film is outstanding, with CGI melding with live action and props/costumes to give a classy (but not stunning) picture of a state-of-the-art space mission in the mid-21st century. However, the plot is as typically lazy as the rest of the special FX popcorn fare of the last decade. Characters are thinly fleshed out and then casually disposed of at regular intervals to provide some sort of momentum (and filler!) towards Val Kilmer's big final show-down with the mission's psychotic service robot(!). There is much to like about this flick, however, as Carrie-Anne Moss shows the quality for this sort of thing she showed in 'The Matrix' and Kilmer makes a decent hero against a solid cast. Worth a place in the sci-fi fanboy's collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bentley on 16 July 2006
Format: DVD
Like De Palmas dreadful "Mission to Mars", "Red Planet" has all the ingredients of a Sci-Fi epic but fails to deliver. Unlike "Mission to Mars" which attempted to go for excessive plausibility in supporting its missing presumed dead storyline "Red Planet" swings the opposite way with weak characterisation, trite dialog and some poor performances.

Val Kilmer is not miscast, however, his cartoon-like character should not have been involved in such a mission. Carry-Anne Moss as Bowman, the commander of the mission, demonstrated no command strengths except perhaps yelling and seemed to be little more than eye candy with her tendency to take her clothes off - hardly a strong female lead and certainly not much of a role model. Other characters played by Benjamin Bratt, Tom Sizemore, Simon Baker and Terence Stamp were bland and interchangeable.

The idea was sound I suppose, the idea of terraforming using algae to convert the atmosphere to a more earthlike mix, the concept of earth becoming too crowded and polluted etc etc. A little hackneyed yes, but it was the most interesting part of the movie. A combination survey/combat robot? Well of course it was going to go nuts and start moulinexing its way through the crew - cliched and overused in so many other films.

Overall it came out as a weak movie that appeared to set high standards for itself and then failed to reach them. I give this movie three stars for its setting as Mars did look pretty good, and for the use of the algae idea.

I was looking for a serious plausible movie and didn't find it, but had I been looking for a semi-serious sci-fi road movie I might have enjoyed it. If all you want is a simple space movie with a little action and excitement then perhaps you'll get more out of this than I did.
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