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Red Planet

Val Kilmer , Carrie-Anne Moss , Antony Hoffman    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
15 years from now, people are going to pick up this movie and wonder why so many people thought it was bad--there's actually very little wrong with it: memorable performances from Sizemore, Stamp and Kilmer, better science than the average Hollywood flick, a nifty mystery, a logical triumph of man over machine (aren't we all a little tired of omnipotent, indestructible robots?), and crisp suspense as the astronauts race the clock to escape the tightening noose of a mission gone awry.
It was promoted as a SF/Horror flick similar to ALIEN, and it really isn't--it's more like Alfred Hitchcock directing THE RIGHT STUFF.
All the SF movie fans I know tend to like byzantine tales, historic in scope, filled with quirky characters roaming rich new landscapes, so this simple tale of a small group of men trying to escape a desolate red planet within a short span of hours might not be rich enough for them. (The SF fanboys won't like it because Carrie-Anne Moss's shower scene is too short and doesn't show enough...er...Moss.)
It's definitely worth a rental, but you won't want to own it unless you're a suspense fan that revels more in how a film is put together than in how it turns out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good flick, just needs some characters April 26 2004
I am a SF junkie and will watch just about anything - even if I don't like it. Red Planet - With Carrie Moss, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore and Terrance Stamp - isn't in that category but it teeters at times.
The special effects are not bad.
The science IS bad, and inconsistant, but since this is a movie and not a documentary, so I suppose that's allowable.
I would have loved to see more Terrance Stamp.
The relationships between the crew are not well explained and take unexpected turns here and there. The flashback- oh yeah - this happened - scene to explain the Kilmer-Moss relationship irritated me. Why on earth (or Mars) not show it as it happened - then we might all understand the situation. At times, I was wondering "Why are they acting like this?"
Not bad - SF fans will still like it - keep expectations low.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you've seen any of the following films, then don't waste your time with "Red Planet":
1. Armageddon
2. The Core
3. Apollo 13
4. Independence Day
5. Any "beat the clock & save the planet/city" sci-fi flick made since 1990 that I didn't bother watching.
Out of all of these, "Apollo 13" is the best, simply because it's a true story that was made with emotional honesty and a compelling narrative.
Here's everything you need to know about "Red Planet":
-the best actor (Terrence Stamp) the dies first
-Val Kilmer and Carrie-Ann Moss are in it
-plot of "Apollo 13" + wonky environmental pop-science + visuals from "2001" + Mars + a funky robot who goes all "HAL" = "Red Planet"
Plot synopsis: In an attempt to terraform Mars because Earth is so polluted, the "international community" has been seeding Mars with large algae mats to make its atmosphere more human-friendly. Something goes wrong, and a team is dispatched to Mars to investigate. As they enter Mars' orbit, the ship is exposed to a large solar flare, which fries much of its circuitry. Most of the crew go to the Mars surface, with the pilot staying on-board to try to save the ship. The crew jettisons the landing gear and lands, fatally injuring the surgeon/philosopher. The survivors march to a nearby base previously set up by un-manned missions. The base is kaput. One survivor kills another without the others knowing it. They discover that they can breathe the air. The pilot tells them that if they can get to an old unmanned rover several hours away, they can make it back to the ship.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Soporific space opera Feb. 3 2004
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Every astronaut on NASA's team must have blushed with shame at seeing this pitiful rendition of their abilities. Set on a partially "terra-formed" Mars, so that the stranded team doesn't have to wear EVA helmets for the length of this tedious film, five men - quickly pared down to three, then two, then . . . struggle to survive. As if the lack of food, water and story line weren't enough, there's a rabid rover that strives to do them in. In a sense, the rover is the only one with any acting ability. Its quick-change mode of operation, baleful countenance and dedication to destruction at least provide it focus. The humans, by contrast, fumble about the landscape, perform feats of derring-do, sink into sloughs of despair and surrender to base instincts. All the while trying to convince us they are real people.
Is there one heroic figure? Ah, yes! Far above struggles [what else] the heroinic commander [i'm not making this up!] of the expedition, Carrie-Anne Moss. Not reachable by AMMEE the Rampant Robot, C-AM must emulate Sigourney Weaver's role in her efforts to subdue a recalcitrant space ship. C-AM has the help Sigourney lacked in the voice of the ship's computer. Sultry, soothing, empowering, this computer voice REALLY communicates. What its technical abilities are remain a mystery throughout the film. Perhaps the best dialogue of the film is C-AM and the computer arguing. Sigourney would be as embarrassed as those NASA astronauts.
There's little chance this review can give away much about the plot. There's so little of one, and the elements are cadged from a multitude of sources any SF fan will recognise in moments. To call the performances wooden is to insult whole forests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by ti-lain
2.0 out of 5 stars Spiders... er, roaches of Mars (spoiilers)
As far as the movies are concerned, Mars is cursed. Almost every movie set on the red planet has been a complete flop. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars la version fracaise de se film est
de France (il parle cucue avec l'accent pointue)
la version nord américaine n'est pas présente
mais si vous pouver doubler le son avec un autres appareil... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Benoit
3.0 out of 5 stars Mars in HD
Mediocre flick, mucho bad science. The blu ray transfer makes the "cool" scenes look really nice. When you need a scifi fix, it's passable.
Published 16 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad!
A lot of people don't like this movie...I thought it wasn't bad. At least it's not as gory as some of them are. And Simon Baker's in it, so that's a plus.
Published 16 months ago by whalefan444
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply love it!!
This is one of my favorites. I was thrilled to finally get it. I received it in perfect condition and in the time it was supposed to get to me. I'm truly happy.
Published 20 months ago by Mario Desmarais
3.0 out of 5 stars MAROONED AND MAUDLIN
RED PLANET has some visually stunning effects, and that's about it. The plot is so contrived and incoherent, one wonders what the movie is all about. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Michael Butts
4.0 out of 5 stars There's life on the red planet after all
Val Kilmer (Robby Gallagher) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Cmdr. Kate Bowman)star in this futuristic sci-fi thriller "Red Planet". Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by J. Botha
5.0 out of 5 stars better than you think
Yes,its another mission to mars,everything screws up when we arrive sci-fi flick.But, it is a very good one. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Joseph W. Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars Above average movie.
Reasonably above average movie with Val Kilmer and Carrie Moss as a misson goes to the red planet on a mission to save Earth's dying enivorment from final destruction. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by D.W. Smith
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