17 items from 2013
An unimaginative retread of recent science-fiction items like Sunshine and Prometheus (films that themselves are no beacons of originality), The Last Days on Mars is a movie whose greatest virtues (visual flair, production-value economy) are marred by a dull storyline that is unworthy of feature-length treatment. Screenwriter Clive Dawson, working from Sydney J. Bounds’s 1975 short story “The Animators,” fails to enliven the film’s genre-staple premise—a team of astronauts discovers something mysterious, dangerous, and seemingly beyond comprehension—with enough character detail or sci-fi creativity to sustain our attention. As a feature-length debut for director Ruairi Robinson, the movie’s not a bad »
Imagine if you were stranded on Mars, a distant planet with unlimited mysteries, moons away from any rescue or civilization. What could make that situation worse? You’re already thinking about needing a spaceship just to escape, you’ve got dwindling life support, you’re on freakin’ Mars, how could it possibly get any worse?! Zombies. That’s right bitches, there are zombies on Mars, Just Like John Carpenter Told Us There Would Be! Alright, those were totally ghosts, but any chance I get to reference John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars I take. Anywho, yes, there’s apparently some type of bacterial life on Mars that turns people into zombies, spreading like an infection, and Liev Schreiber is the only man who can stop it during The Last Days On Mars.
In typical horror movie fashion, a group of astronauts are finishing up their work and preparing to head »
- Matt Donato
Mars Attacks: Robinson’s Promising Debut an Arid Mirage
Early on in Ruairi Robinson’s directorial debut, The Last Days on Mars, a generic yet eerily promising set-up will doubtlessly remind audiences of a slew of similar space gone wrong sci-fi entries, both classic and not. An unmistakable derivative of Alien, right down to finicky crew dynamics, Robinson’s rather promising presentation fails to maximize the momentum as the film dwindles into its third act inevitabilities, left wide open for the possibility of more to come.
Only nineteen hours left of a six month research mission on Mars has an eight person crew going a little stir crazy. Science Officer Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams) is upset that the team has found nothing substantial and it seems her hopes had been set on finding evidence of indigenous life. It seems she’s been taking out her disappointment on the other crew »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Ruairi Robinson. Writers: Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson. Cast: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Charles Brunel, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris and Goran Kostic. The Last Days on Mars is a film adaptation of Sydney J. Bounds' short story "The Animators. The film was recently released in a few theatres and on video-on-demand (Oct. 31st, 2013). Starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams, the film boils down to zombies in space. Flesheaters chase astronauts through much of the film's runtime. And, The Last Days on Mars is a good blend of horror and sci-fi, which makes this film mostly exciting. Though, a few surprises are lacking. At the heart of the film is an endearing relationship between two characters. But, love and life take a backseat to looming death, in this heart pounding adventure. The story begins with eight, bickering astronauts on Mars. Their six cabin feverish »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
"...a small colony of astronaut explorers from every nation on Earth...
"...succumbs one by one to a mysterious and terrifying unknown life form...
"...while gathering specimens on the 'Red Planet'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Last Days On Mars"...
- Michael Stevens
We've got 2 new posters up for The Last Days on Mars, a horror sci-fi film which looks eerily good, and stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama. Ruairi Robinson helms this one from the screenplay by Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson. Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell produce. You can catch this one on VOD now, as it found release on October 31st, or you can wait until December 6th to catch it in theaters via Magnet Releasing. These are actually UK posters, and we love the design. 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 »
A third poster has arrived for Ruairi Robinson's The Last Days on Mars, a film which looks ready to scare the hell out of viewers on October 31st (VOD), prior to hitting limited theaters on December 6th, 2013 via Magnet Releasing. Starring are Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama. Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson wrote the screenplay for the Andrea Cornwell and Michael Kuhn-produced film. 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 »
Written and directed by Stephen Sommers
In Odd Thomas, the titular clairvoyant character (Anton Yelchin) can see dead people and bodachs (spirit creatures that alert him to future deaths). Working with the local police, headed by a chief played by Willem Dafoe, Odd goes around stopping people before they do bad things, but one potential criminal, a guy he lovingly dubs Fungus Bob, causes him all sorts of problems.
The story in Odd Thomas is half-baked and slapdash (despite Odd’s constant narration trying to explain everything), the universe it tries to create is vague and unconvincing, and the actors lack a certain amount of chemistry and personality (other characters have to literally remind the audience of how weird Odd is by literally using the word “odd” to describe him). It’s a rather dull affair, and in the wide spectrum of “people who can see the »
- Justin Li
"...a small colony of astronaut explorers from every nation on Earth succumbs one by one to a mysterious and terrifying unknown life form while gathering specimens on the 'Red Planet'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Last Days On Mars"...
- Michael Stevens
This one looks like it could deliver some real chills powered by versatile Liev Schreiber on board. This second poster for The Last Days on Mars preps fans for the upcoming release which has Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Johnny Harris, Olivia Williams, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama in the cast as well. Ruairi Robinson directs from the screenplay by Clive Dawson, based on the short story by Sydney J. Bounds. This isn't R-rated, with only brief strong language in the MPAA rating, but that doesn't mean it won't scare the life out of you come its limited release on December 6th this year. You can watch it before then on iTunes and OnDemand as the film debutes on October 31st. »
Cinematic appreciation is all a matter of perspective. To some viewers, the new indie sci-fi horror flick The Last Days on Mars will feel like a patently familiar or even simplistic rehash of themes, ideas, settings, and characters we've all seen before. To others, including me, The Last Days on Mars will come across more like one of those (virtually countless) sci-fi (mis-)adventure films from the 1950s; films in which the promise of visiting a distant planet was almost as interesting as the people and the creatures who spend time on that planet.
Plot-wise, Ruairi Robinson's movie is certainly nothing revolutionary: it's the story of eight people who are spending their last 18 hours on the surface of Mars before packing up and heading for home. Obviously this is not how it works out. Given the film's title and tone, it should come as no surprise to learn that »
- Scott Weinberg
Last Days on Mars has debuted a trailer.
The film centres around a manned mission to Mars.
When the astronauts unleash a deadly infection they must fight for their own survival and that of the entire human race.
Clive Dawson wrote the script based on a short story by Sydney J Bounds.
Irish director Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi horror The Last Days on Mars might make space travel enthusiasts a little less eager to emigrate to the planet next door. Shot on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios on the UK, the film tells the story of a group of astronauts who are collecting specimens on Mars when they discover some specimens that probably should have been left behind. Based on a short story by Sydney James Bounds and adapted by the screen by Clive Dawson (The Bunker), The Last Days on Mars screened at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is set for a late 2013 release.
There’s been a fair amount of interest in Robinson’s feature directorial debut since he grabbed attention with 2011 horror short Blinky™, a cautionary tale about an angry boy (played by Max Records) who pays the price ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Liev Schreiber tops an impressive international cast in the UK/Irish/Us production, and now the first poster has debuted over on io9, following the first trailer from MSN.
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. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Check out the new poster, a photo and the international trailer from Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama. The film's being sent out by Universal overseas, as you can see in the trailer, but domestically, Magnet Releasing distributes. Ruari Robinson directs the film from the screenplay by Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson. Last Days on Mars can be seen via iTunes & and On Demand on October 31st followed by a December 6, 2013 theatrical release date. 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 »
Filmmaker Ruairi Robinson ('BlinkyTM') makes his directorial debut with new sci-fi thriller 'Last Days On Mars' later this year when it arrives on VOD. Magnet Releasing have picked up the Us distribution rights to the Focus Features project which sees a group of astronauts in perilous danger whilst carrying out the first manned mission to Mars. The movie stars Liev Schreiber ('Scream 2'), Olivia Williams ('The Sixth Sense'), Elias Koteas ('Shutter Island'), Johnny Harris ('Black Death') and hottie Romola Garai -below ('The Hour'). The British sci-fi feature is based on a short story by English author Sydney J. Bounds. Robinson helms from a screenplay adapted by Clive Dawson ('The Bill'). »
Considerable talent and resources have clearly been marshaled in service of “The Last Days on Mars,” which, in achieving a reasonably plausible low-budget vision of the future, announces itself as a first feature of considerable ambition for Irish helmer Ruairi Robinson. Yet while it earns high marks for Jon Henson’s production design, this murkily derivative sci-fi-horror entry sets its sights disappointingly low in terms of story and ideas, leaving the viewer’s sense of awe unstirred as a solid cast, toplined by Liev Schreiber, trudges its way through what basically amounts to “Red Planet of the Dead.”
Four years ago, Duncan Jones’ “Moon” demonstrated what was possible, creatively and commercially, in the realm of minimalist speculative fiction. Apart from serving its purpose as a calling card for Robinson and his crew, “The Last Days on Mars” seems unlikely to occupy a place of similar distinction. At a time when »
- Justin Chang
17 items from 2013
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