In 2270, Earth is completely depleted and no one lives there anymore. Those that have money move to Rhea; but most of the population lives in orbit in space stations. Dr. Laura Portmann ... See full summary »
Anna Katharina Schwabroh,
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.
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen,
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery - fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claims all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not without danger. Written by
Ruairi Robinson stated that as a first time director, to get to work with a cast of that caliber was amazing. On the casting process, he commented that he "sort of picked cast members that never normally do this kind of film. They all do serious proper movies". He also said that he "liked the idea of putting people who would never normally do Sci-Fi stuff into a Sci-Fi movie, because they are going to take it seriously then and people are going to take them seriously". See more »
When the crew are out on the surface of Mars you can clearly see blue sky and clouds reflected in their helmet visors. See more »
In a way you could call this movie "Zombies On Mars," because that's essentially what it is. Set at an unspecified point in the future, it revolves around an international crew of astronauts spending their last days of a long mission on the Red Planet, and preparing to go home. Things go horribly wrong, though, when they discover a Martian bacteria that begins to infect them. It makes them appear dead, but they eventually revive as apparently unfeeling and mindless killers. Thus - basically - zombies.
I didn't find this particularly spellbinding. It has some moments of high excitement, and the first sight of one of the infected crew causes a bit of a jump, but those kinds of moments are unfortunately few and far between, and staying riveted to the story wasn't always easy. Watching the characters respond in unique ways to the crisis was kind of interesting, and I thought the movie did a good job of creating the Martian setting. It just didn't have enough sustained excitement.
The movie features a fairly low profile cast, with the best known being Liev Schreiber, but they were fine. They just needed a bit of a better story to work with. (4/10)
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