Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It's a level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad - hardened Marines armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize the enemy...or so they think. Written by
In one of the many references to the game the film is based on - the most notable, of course, being the FPS sequence - the flange on the weapon lights has a six-lobed design which gives the light a hexagonal shape when viewed from (or nearly from) the front. This imitates the hexagonal shape often seen on supposedly round things, and very noticeably such things as flashlights, in video games (because the shape is easier to handle by computer hardware than a truly round shape). See more »
Throughout the movie, Sarge calls the Marines "soldiers." In reality, Marines are deeply offended when they are called "soldiers." Soldiers are Army. See more »
In the year 2026 archaeologists working in the Nevada desert discovered a portal to an ancient city on Mars. They call this portal the Ark. Twenty years later, we're still struggling to understand why it was built and what happened to the civilization that built it.
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The only opening credits are the Universal Logo and the name of the movie. See more »
I must say I expected a lot worse, given all the very indecent films being made inspired by computer games, and especially this one, cause it is a game I played to death - pardon the pun - 10 years ago.
I was entertained, and I didn't crumble my toes as much as I usually do.
I usually dislike The Rock, cause I usually see him as a boneheaded wrestler with no acting potential what-so-ever, but in this film I must say he works out fantastically. Granted, it doesn't take a DeNiro to play the part, but he does it well and very convincingly. Cudos for that, I am even thinking about checking some of his new films out as well not.
Of course, I have to find something that annoyed me, and it was called "Rosamund Pike"....my god, how can an actress this boring and express less ever get a part in a film? I grabbed myself several times wondering this question. He seriously stinks.
But - to be honest, I think she was the only downer in this film. I didn't expect Oscar material and obviously that's not what I got either, but I got a lot of action and enjoyed all of it, especially the game-inspired shoot'em down/up scene, quite awesome carried out.
Cudos to everything...apart from Rosamund Pike 7/10
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