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The Last Days on Mars [DVD]
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 November 2013
This entertaining Mars set thriller delivers a decent hour and a half's viewing. When scientists exploring Mars make a groundbreaking discovery they need all their resolve to overcome the perils their find brings with it. Liev Schreiber is perfect as the stoic leading man and the rest of the cast do a great job with characters that are familiar but surprisingly well written. The Mars landscape looks vast, the fx are good, the dust storms are particularly well rendered. The music really helped to rack up the tension and the frantic shooting style complimented the action scenes without being too jumbled and shakey. The sets are terrific and the story tips a wink to similar movies like Aliens, Red Planet and The Colony. I was really pleasantly surprised with this, even with the ambiguous ending.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2013
A team of astronauts lead by Captain Charles Brunel (Elias Koteas) have spent six months on Mars looking for signs of life. Nineteen hours before they are due to leave and be replaced by the next team of astronauts, one of the scientists, Marko Petrovic (Goran Kostic), discovers a virulent bacteria in a sample of soil which has been brought back to their base for testing. Wanting to keep the discovery for himself, much to the vexation of colleague Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams), Petrovic goes back again to the testing site but while checking out the source of the bacteria has an accident. The others find him dead, but not for long.

The Last Days on Mars (2013) is a decent enough SciFi if your expectations are not too high but it doesn't, possibly never could, match the standards of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) when the character played by John Hurt goes and sticks his too inquisitive face in the alien's egg capsule and becomes rather attached to the little critter. In 'The Last Days on Mars' Liev Schreiber plays the role of Chief Systems Officer Vincent Campbell who has his work cut out for him just to stay alive. There's a fair amount of action in this movie and I have to admit that some of the time, with the space helmets and all, I couldn't tell who was doing what or why. But anyway, the movie passed one and a half hours without being dull and that is all I asked of it.

I've cancelled my ticket to Mars.

VJ - Movies and Books World
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
**** Slight spoilers ****

It all gets off to a great start by the very fact of setting this movie on everyone's favourite extra-terrestrial planet. I've always been fascinated by Mars and couldn't resist going to see this movie. The surface of Mars looks pretty convincing here, with its rusty dust coloured soil and hazy pink sky. A couple of slightly questionable elements crept in though, namely the huge size of the sand-storm which, as far as I know, was far greater than anything filmed by the current Mars rovers or orbiters, and the size of the sun which, surely ought to be virtually half the size it appears from Earth? No big deal though - I'm not that much of a geek to let trivia such as that ruin my enjoyment of a movie.

OK so onto the good stuff. Firstly the film generates a genuine sense of wonder about the prospect of detecting alien life. There is plenty of tension - I loved the efforts to keep the solar-electric powered vehicle going, when something nasty is in pursuit. There are several effective make-you-jump moments - not the least of which is the first shocking sight of the "entity", and there is some nice zero-G action - obviously not up there with Gravity, but subtly done all the same. The way our hero brushed the floating droplets of contaminated blood to one side was a clever touch.

A couple more negative points; The Last Days on Mars does owe a fair bit to the likes of Alien and the more recent Apollo 18. Most obvious similarities being the crawling through tunnels sequence and reaching the escape ship, only to find it has an unwelcome resident. But I'm willing to consider those nods as laudatory hat-tips rather than rip-offs. Also one action sequence was spoiled for my by the gross overuse of flashing lights and an extreme shaky-cam effect, which rendered it unwatchable - rather like the squid alien/caesarian sequence in Prometheus.

It's solidly acted throughout (with the possible exception of the slightly hysterical/hammy Yusra Warsama) and the score is memorable and complementary. Some may find the ending a bit of a cop-out, but I felt it was cleverly enigmatic and at least it gave us something to discuss over dinner afterwards.

Overall, this movie looks good, sounds good and the action is for the most part very good.
Sci-fi fans shouldn't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a great fun sci-fi with a good story, basically a research team on mars is in its last few hours before coming home, one of the team discovers fossilised bacterial life and comes into contact with it with devastating results as the mission gets ugly very quickly and they all start to die as they get infected, the movie has a great pace and keeps you interested, it may have a whiff of other movies mashed in here but its really great building horror and thrills, its kind of like watching 28 days later in space almost with zombie looking infected corpses running around, there is some bloody moments' not too gory, the effects are top notch overall lots of lovely shots of mars and its surface etc, the music is good too and of course so is the strong cast of new and old talent, this is worth checking out for sure if you like a good gritty sci-fi, for a small release movie its a gem I think!!
Only one short feature on effects, quite good but only 6-minutes long.
Great Blu-ray picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What is it with Mars based movies? It's a planet that has been in all our lives via press, geography, history and etc, yet when it comes to film it proves to be a subject too much too far for some film makers.

The makers here add a zombie slant to things, which in truth is just another excuse for a monsters on the loose plot. Only it's in shaky-cam this time, the hope obviously was to add realism to the preposterous story. On the page it clearly had potential to be a fun-packed thriller, the execution sadly not only wastes a grand cast list, but plays out as dull and introduces nothing remotely smart or interesting to the sci-fi and horror genres. 4/10
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There’s a strange myth going around Hollywood that any film with ‘Mars’ in the title (or primarily connected with Mars) fails to do well at the Box Office, i.e. Mars Needs Moms, Red Planet, John Carter of Mars and Ghosts of Mars (even though Ghosts of Mars happens to be a ‘guilty pleasure’ film of mine!). Maybe it’s just coincidence, or maybe the rumour is true, but ‘Last Days on Mars’ is hardly going to be remembered as a classic piece of Hollywood cinema (and probably not even a cult favourite).

After having watched it, I have to say that I didn’t hate it. However, I felt I better write a review on it pretty quickly, as I doubt it’s going to stay in my mind for much more than a week. It’s about a team of astronauts (yes, camped out on the red planet) who are days away from completing their mission when something bad happens. I won’t go into too much detail for fear of spoiling what’s to come, but let’s just say our budding group of ‘Major Toms’ start dropping like flies, courtesy of something nasty.

So, one by one the cast is whittled down until... well, you have to watch it to take a guess at the old ‘who lives vs who dies’ scenario. But, once you’ve met all the characters, you’ll have a pretty solid idea at who’s going to be left standing in the final act. Liev Schreiber is a solid enough leading man, but hardly embodies any ‘A-list’ qualities that will really elevate him to the next acting level. Much of the supporting cast are British – you have ‘Scardy-Brit,’ Stuck-up Brit,’ ‘Needy-Brit’ and so on.

Basically, if you come across ‘Last Days on Mars’ late at night and you’re in the mood for a little ‘sci-fi/horror’ you may just stick with it. It’s not so bad, but just nothing particularly new either. You need not go out of your way to seek this one out.
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PLOT SPOILERS

This film is about the Aurora 2 International Mars station. It is a 6 month one way journey. Their mission is for 6 months. They are in the final 20 hours of the mission before they return to Earth. The characters are introduced with Kim (Olivia Williams) being a person everyone would rather not work with. She is upset because their mission failed to find any life. Meanwhile the Russian scientist (Goran Kostic) is out repairing a gamma sensor...when....

The set and background was pretty decent. I didn't know if the film was going to be:
a) boring like "Gravity"
b) a smart horror like "Ghosts of Mars"
c) something stupid like a big rubber headed monster or something really dumb like zombies.

Yup. It was "C." I couldn't believe they wasted a nice looking set. It seems a Martian bacterial infection causes people to not only go crazy and want to harm other people, but it also allows the organism to operate in the near non-existing Martian atmosphere. I hate it when a military doctor says, "Sorry, penicillin isn't going to work this time" but nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, which at this point would have made the film better.

People who enjoyed "Apollo 18" might like this one. I saw it as wasted potential. Works as a rental.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2015
My opinion? This is an enjoyable flick. A cautionary tale about space exploration, done well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2014
Great movie, I especially loved the vfx, which were on the same level as Prometheus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2014
this was a much better film than I thought it would be and really enjoyed it.
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