Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

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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 Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,721,296 (USA) (10 November 2000)

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$17,473,245 (USA) (12 January 2001)
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Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore began feuding during production. According to reports, it all began when Kilmer got annoyed about a fancy exercise machine that Sizemore wanted shipped from England to the set in Australia. Eventually the two hated each other so much Kilmer would not come out of his trailer if Sizemore was on the set. Many of their scenes together were filmed over shoulders of photo doubles. Kilmer reportedly refused to say Sizemore's character's name, saying instead "Hey, you!" See more »

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The physical configuration of Mars-1 changes throughout the film. In some shots, the MEV is docked at the front of the spacecraft. In other shots, the MEV dock is empty before launch. See more »

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Commander Kate Bowman: [narration] 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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References The Angry Red Planet (1959) See more »

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When the World Is Running Down (You Can't Go Wrong)
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Performed by DifferntGear vs. The Police
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Better Val than Nothing
4 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are worse ways to spend 100 minutes. Val Kilmer was lots of fun, Carrie-Ann Moss actually CAN act, and the screen-writers actually had HALF a brain. Okay, so they ignored the whole gravity thing, but at least that had a reason why the characters didn't run out of air. It wasn't a great reason, but at least it was a reason.

It plays like some mediocre sci-fi story that might have been written in the 1950's. And next to the indescribably awful "Mission to Mars," this movie is Citizen Kane. Screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer isn't too incredibly original, but director Antony Hoffman put it together pretty decently. An A for effort, but the movie is only a 6 or 7 out of 10, depending on how YOU feel about the actors.

Unlike, say, "Mission to Mars," which had a great cast working from a script written by drunken chimapanzees.


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