When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting a unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.
Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter. Her own ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about ... See full summary »
In 2020, a crew of astronauts has been prepared for a two-year international mission in Mars. Jim McConnell, Woody Blake and his wife Terri Fisher, Luke Graham and Phil Ohlmyer are best friends and Jim lost his chance to land in Mars when his beloved wife Maggie McConnell died. The team of four astronauts land in Mars but a mysterious storm kills three of them and only Luke survives. A rescue team with Woody in command and Jim, Terri and Phil heads to the red planet and discovers that only Luke has survived. Their further investigation shows that the storm that killed the three other astronauts was artificial and created to protect a Face that lies on Mar. What might be the intriguing Face? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(at around 14 mins) Dr. Story Musgrave, real life shuttle astronaut, plays one of the capcom people in the early part of the story on the space station in the Mars mission command center. See more »
Mars only has 38% of the gravity of earth yet it is clear from everyones' movements and walking that the gravity is identical or very close to earth's gravity. See more »
Phil, do you read me?
Phil isn't here right now, he left for Earth FIVE MINUTES AGO, please leave a message after the beep!
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the film or the treatment of the characters depicted therein. See more »
Ma 'Tit Fille
Written by Buckwheat Zydeco (as Stanley Dural, Jr.)
Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets See more »
The first thing is that the dialog is idealized at the level of THE SOUND OF MUCUS. Does Brian think this is the way astronauts talk to each other? They are all saints descended from heaven devoid of all the qualities that make associating with people such a joy. Envy, jealousy, anger, hatred and resentment: none are present here. These people do not exist anywhere but in Brian DePalma's imagination. Gus Grissom's favorite expression was #$%$ the pooch. Does that sound like these people? The opening party scene is a natural emetic. One gooey, maudlin line after another; are these astronauts? Are we in Heaven? The next problem is aliens, putatively benign, who react to someone sending the wrong transmission by unleashing a ten story sand tornado that sucks the people up and rips them into pieces. Gee, do you think these aliens might not be so friendly after all? I love New Ager's deductions if it hears the wrong frequency it goes postal on the transmitters but they cling to their benign deduction. We saw this in THE MOTIONLESS PICTURE, it cannot tell scans from weapons, even though we primitives can, so it blows everything up. Hey, maybe we should entertain the hypothesis that they may be slightly inimical, what do you think?
Did they buy that rescue ship on sale? Do you know how many sensors are on the space shuttle for the sole purpose of saying: Attention, monkey boys, trouble with your hunk of junk. Peruse your hunk of junk breakdown warning lights. Here, way in the future, their space ship does not let them know that their fuel lines have more holes in them than swiss cheese? I think it might have intoned loudly: Monkey boys, do not activate engines your stupid fuel lines are leaking badly, just a guess on my part. It kinda seemed a bit unrealistic to me. Does Jim have a death wish? Why does he refuse about thirty warnings that the air is thinning? Is he late for a big bowling date? Jim, if you turn purple and die that hurts our mission you big dummy! Yes, Dr. Pepper saved the day and got a nice product placement all at the same time. If you were Woody and your ship had more holes in it than a colander would you tell the monkey boy computer, hey HAL we are going to hold up on that there orbital insertion to see if we can see through our ship first, OK silicon boy?
Now, if all your friends got wiped out by psycho aliens who unleash the twister from the WIZARD OF OZ on you if you send the wrong transmission, would you still want to meet them? Did the person who wrote this write PROMETHEUS? Non sequitur, they would get back in their ship and get the hell out of there. Obviously, people who react with mass murdering frenzy to errors in signal transmission might be slightly hostile. When we do meet them they are plenty stupid looking. They look like retarded, weepy giant Cellos all that was missing were the bows to play them with. Come on, the film sucks big time. RED PLANET was bad but it was not retarded like this. It also had realistic human dialog with the requisite number of jerks and idiots. I expected to see Julie Andrews come out with her guitar here, the dialog is right out of that insipid movie. Save yourself, it is just awful.
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