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This movie came one year too late."Star Wars" happened,for better or for worse,depending on whom you ask.This is clever sci-fi,very close to Crichton's work,before he gets bogged down in Jurassic Park and spielbergesque follies.("Mondwest" "Coma" and later "looker")Is it sci-fi anyway?Admittedly,it's unlikely as hell,but not much more than many a spy thriller.
In the movie,this whole performance was to make people believe the astronauts actually landed on Mars.This trickery,isn't it what Peter Hyams (and all other directors!) does when he makes his movie?His whole performance is to make US believe that Astronauts are to land on Mars but... They do it with mirrors,like Jorge Luis Borges.
The second part of the movie is a chase,a well done thriller,in landscapes recalling "Planet of the apes(1968)".Hyams does not show the killings,and the way James Brolin manages to show the way to his wife,then to journalist Gould is pretty smart.The ending verges on black humor.Had this movie been released five or ten years sooner,when sci-fi had strong scripts ,it would have been deservedly acclaimed.But in the land of special effects and childish stories ,it became a sleeper,every sci-fi buff should know.Neither "outland" (some kind of remake of "high noon " on Jupiter),nor "2010" (which failed dismally as a "2001" sequel)is on a par with "capricorn one".
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