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The Last Days on Mars (2013)

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A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.



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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 AnonymousB

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The search for life is about to end.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Last Days on Mars  »

Box Office


£7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,608 (USA) (6 December 2013)


$23,838 (USA) (10 January 2014)

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Romola Garai, Liev Schreiber and Sally Hawkins were the first three actors to sign on to star in the film. See more »


When Vincent Campbell confronts astronaut Robert Irwin, he opens the door to cockpit and leaves it open. As the scene progresses, the door is closed as he falls against it.It is closed before Irwin engages the boosters- so it did not close from launch-related forces. See more »


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Smells like cold french fries, but with a mysterious aftertaste.
2 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is as mediocre as hell. It just doesn't get any more "meh" than this.

However, a more interesting topic for debate is, how did this ever leave the launch pad in the first place? It's the sort of well-trodden path that usually ends up on a cable channel with actors you've never heard of. Yet, that isn't the case here. How did they get so many quality actors in such a late-night TV-grade film?

To be fair, there isn't actually anything truly monumentally wrong with it. Cept, it's a few decades too late. More than a few. Even as an 80's film, it still might have been criticized as being derivative and having not an ounce of originality. And yet this is a brand spanking new film right off the showroom floor.

Again I ask, how???

I imagine the story behind the making/funding/casting of this film will be entertaining to watch, if such bonus material is made available.

But as for the film itself, "Tired" isn't a strong enough term. The themes in this film are beaten down to a tiny nub on the pimpled backside of a stereotype's soggy bum. So for the third time I how how???

It's a film that just doesn't make sense. And it's based on a short story from a guy whose last writing credit is from 1986, and directed by a guy who's never directed a feature film.

For the fourth time, HOW????

I must find out more. The questions are far more fascinating and potentially entertaining than the film was. Did the producers blackmail these very qualified actors? Was there £7,000,000 which absolutely had to be spent before the end of the quarter to ensure future funding and/or tax benefits?

It's a film which shouldn't exist, but does. With actors who'd normally never be in such a production, but are. Directed and written by people who shouldn't be involved with a major film, but were.

A mystery/enigma/puzzle which must be solved!

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