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Review Mark Harrison 15 Apr 2014 - 06:37
A horror movie set in space? Mark reckons you might find some of the various components of The Last Days On Mars a little familiar...
It wouldn't have been hard to slap a “The Thing Meets Gravity” or a “28 Days Later in space” strapline on the marketing campaign for The Last Days Of Mars, but it's arrived with markedly less fanfare than most mainstream horror movies released this year, pushed back from its intended release last September.
The film is a nuts-and-bolts sci-fi horror flick that played out of competition at last year's Cannes film festival, during directors' fortnight, but it's the interesting way in which it's been executed that marks it for such distinction, more than any real sort of innovation or unpredictability.
Based on The Animators, a 1975 short story by Sydney J. Bounds, the film takes place over the last 19 hours of »
Most feature films undergo a gestation period lasting several years, and The Last Days On Mars is no exception. However, the seeds of this particular film were first planted as long ago as 1975. The short science fiction story, The Animators, by acclaimed author Sydney J Bounds, was originally published that year as part of the Fontana paperback anthology, Tales of Terror from Outer Space. I first read the story in the early 1980s and, even today, it remains one of the most evocative and creepy short stories I’ve ever read.
In brief, Syd’s story takes place during the first manned expedition to Mars. »
- Clive Dawson
When a viral infection breaks out in a science fiction movie, you know the prognosis. Lots of rabid growling, black eye shadow and homicidal rampages are inevitable. Herein lies the fundamental problem with Last Days on Mars - the script's staggering overfamiliarity is an insurmountable obstacle for the impressive cast and debutant director.
The movie's timing is impressive, with Nasa recently announcing their plans for an unmanned test flight later this year for Orion - a spacecraft designed to fly to Mars. Hopefully the first person to set foot on the red planet will have a more positive experience than viewers of this movie, which fails to make one small step in the direction of originality, instead taking one giant leap into genre cliché territory.
This smart thriller is a neo-zombie nightmare in space, set in the fascinatingly surrel landscape of the red planet
Some space scientists are about to finish a wearisome six-month stint checking for signs of life on the fiery surface of Mars. Exhausted after endless weeks of work, driving their tractor-wheeled vehicles across dusty terrain between the mother ship and the temporary outpost next to the dig site, and waiting for crackly video messages to come through from their nearest and dearest on earth, they're looking forward to getting home. Surely nothing absolutely terrifying can happen to them on the very last day, can it? Screenwriter Clive Dawson and director Ruairí Robinson have put together a smart thriller, based on the 1975 Sf short story The Animators by Sydney J Bounds: a neo-zombie nightmare in space, with Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams among the jumpsuited crew. Their day-to-day working lives »
- Peter Bradshaw
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Ruairi Robinson
MPAA Rating: R
Run Time: 98 minutes
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery – fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora. Directed by Ruairi Robinson, »
- Jess Orso
5 items from 2014
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