In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. Written by
The song that Gallagher (Val Kilmer) hums (that he learned from his grandfather) is "19th Nervous Breakdown" by The Rolling Stones, released in February 1966. See more »
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Commander Kate Bowman:
By the year 2000 we had begun to over populate, pollute, and poison our planet faster than we could clean it up. We ignored the problem for as long as we could. But we were kidding ourselves. By 2025, we knew we were in trouble. And began to desperately search for a new home - Mars.
Commander Kate Bowman:
For the last 20 years we've been sending unmanned probes with algae, bio-engineered to grow there and produce oxygen. We're going to build ourselves an atmosphere we can breathe. And for 20 ...
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When the World Is Running Down (You Can't Go Wrong)
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Why do you think she spends the last half of the movie running around in a wet nighty? How about the shower scene? Her acting sucks badly. That brain dead monotone like she is balancing her checkbook? In the MATRIX, they poured her into that outfit for a reason, Carrie Anne stunningly beautiful and commensurately devoid of acting ability. She sounds so insouciant she could be Spock's wife. When Kilmer is biting it, and he is signing off she sounds like her misandrist daily magazine just went bi weekly. Please, who was the casting wizard who made her lead actor in the movie. Put Kilmer in front, idiots, even Sizemore towers over this Matrix midget. If you are looking for the number one reason the movie went down the crapper take a good look; Carrie Anne never was lead actor of another movie ever again. We saw this replicated with SALT another box office disaster; sorry, the misandrist demographic just not big enough to sustain 90 pound, muscle challenged, bad acting leads.
The script is just awful; it was the second reason it bombed. Let's have them walk across the entire surface of Mars for the whole movie chased by the most boring, non scary robot. Sizemore and Kilmer do competent jobs, as I said if you had made one of them the lead, instead of the undeserving Moss, who had made far less movies, the film might have done much better. This boredom is not lightened by singing a crappy Stones song, or showing us urinating in lower gravity. Thanks, that is too much information. The drama, in the ship, with the fire does not work because Moss cannot convey fear or any other emotion; she is total insouciant boredom. We stop caring soon after the movie starts. Everyone wonders about Stamp's character, they know they are in trouble; hence, let's make him a philosopher to add some metaphysics to this pile of crap. It does not work.
The film fails because of the painful synthesis between a boring, slow narrative on Mars blended with Deer in the Headlight's woman up in the ship. Her acting has to be seen to be believed. The ending, where his brain is without air for say ten minutes before revival, did not help things. Hey, maybe he wrote the script? There was good chemistry between Kilmer and Sizemore which makes us wonder if we had a better actor as Captain, one who could act, what the movie might have been. Like Salt, the PC agenda, you know we must all have our little red books, just obliterates the movie; oh well, just so the right action groups are appeased. This is why American cinema is so terrible. All the ways reality must be bent to make sure our butts are not swinging out there in the wind.
The movie puts the B in boring. Yes, her body is hot but she was a dreadful, untalented actress and she had no business being in that role. I was glad the film bombed; I suspect the other actors behind her that deserved that role, secretly, shared my enthusiasm. Let's give the lead to the most talented actor regardless of the categories that must be filled, shall we? I love when they do this and it bombs; go ahead, we will not go to the movie, idiots.
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