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The Last Days On Mars review

Review Mark Harrison 15 Apr 2014 - 06:37

A horror movie set in space? Mark reckons you might find some of the various components of The Last Days On Mars a little familiar...

It wouldn't have been hard to slap a “The Thing Meets Gravity” or a “28 Days Later in space” strapline on the marketing campaign for The Last Days Of Mars, but it's arrived with markedly less fanfare than most mainstream horror movies released this year, pushed back from its intended release last September.

The film is a nuts-and-bolts sci-fi horror flick that played out of competition at last year's Cannes film festival, during directors' fortnight, but it's the interesting way in which it's been executed that marks it for such distinction, more than any real sort of innovation or unpredictability.

Based on The Animators, a 1975 short story by Sydney J. Bounds, the film takes place over the last 19 hours of
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Thirty-eight years from page to screen

Screenwriter Clive Dawson writes about the thirty-eight years of taking The Last Days Of Mars to the screen.

Most feature films undergo a gestation period lasting several years, and The Last Days On Mars is no exception. However, the seeds of this particular film were first planted as long ago as 1975. The short science fiction story, The Animators, by acclaimed author Sydney J Bounds, was originally published that year as part of the Fontana paperback anthology, Tales of Terror from Outer Space. I first read the story in the early 1980s and, even today, it remains one of the most evocative and creepy short stories I’ve ever read.

In brief, Syd’s story takes place during the first manned expedition to Mars.
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The Last Days on Mars review: There's little life on this Mars...

The Last Days on Mars review: There's little life on this Mars...
Director: Ruairi Robinson; Screenwriter: Clive Dawson; Starring: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 15

When a viral infection breaks out in a science fiction movie, you know the prognosis. Lots of rabid growling, black eye shadow and homicidal rampages are inevitable. Herein lies the fundamental problem with Last Days on Mars - the script's staggering overfamiliarity is an insurmountable obstacle for the impressive cast and debutant director.

The movie's timing is impressive, with Nasa recently announcing their plans for an unmanned test flight later this year for Orion - a spacecraft designed to fly to Mars. Hopefully the first person to set foot on the red planet will have a more positive experience than viewers of this movie, which fails to make one small step in the direction of originality, instead taking one giant leap into genre cliché territory.

Vincent (Liev Schreiber), Kim (Olivia Williams
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The Last Days on Mars review – 'Elegantly crafted adventure'

This smart thriller is a neo-zombie nightmare in space, set in the fascinatingly surrel landscape of the red planet

Some space scientists are about to finish a wearisome six-month stint checking for signs of life on the fiery surface of Mars. Exhausted after endless weeks of work, driving their tractor-wheeled vehicles across dusty terrain between the mother ship and the temporary outpost next to the dig site, and waiting for crackly video messages to come through from their nearest and dearest on earth, they're looking forward to getting home. Surely nothing absolutely terrifying can happen to them on the very last day, can it? Screenwriter Clive Dawson and director Ruairí Robinson have put together a smart thriller, based on the 1975 Sf short story The Animators by Sydney J Bounds: a neo-zombie nightmare in space, with Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams among the jumpsuited crew. Their day-to-day working lives
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The Last Days on Mars review 'Elegantly crafted adventure'

This smart thriller is a neo-zombie nightmare in space, set in the fascinatingly surrel landscape of the red planet

Some space scientists are about to finish a wearisome six-month stint checking for signs of life on the fiery surface of Mars. Exhausted after endless weeks of work, driving their tractor-wheeled vehicles across dusty terrain between the mother ship and the temporary outpost next to the dig site, and waiting for crackly video messages to come through from their nearest and dearest on earth, they're looking forward to getting home. Surely nothing absolutely terrifying can happen to them on the very last day, can it? Screenwriter Clive Dawson and director Ruairí Robinson have put together a smart thriller, based on the 1975 Sf short story The Animators by Sydney J Bounds: a neo-zombie nightmare in space, with Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams among the jumpsuited crew. Their day-to-day working lives
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Blu-ray Review: The Last Days on Mars

Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Director: Ruairi Robinson

Writers: Sydney J. Bounds (short story), Clive Dawson (screenplay)

MPAA Rating: R

Run Time: 98 minutes

Summary:

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 claim 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 yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora. Directed by Ruairi Robinson,
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The Last Days on Mars

An unimaginative retread of recent science-fiction items like Sunshine and Prometheus (films that themselves are no beacons of originality), The Last Days on Mars is a movie whose greatest virtues (visual flair, production-value economy) are marred by a dull storyline that is unworthy of feature-length treatment. Screenwriter Clive Dawson, working from Sydney J. Bounds’s 1975 short story “The Animators,” fails to enliven the film’s genre-staple premise—a team of astronauts discovers something mysterious, dangerous, and seemingly beyond comprehension—with enough character detail or sci-fi creativity to sustain our attention. As a feature-length debut for director Ruairi Robinson, the movie’s not a bad...
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The Last Days On Mars Review

Imagine if you were stranded on Mars, a distant planet with unlimited mysteries, moons away from any rescue or civilization. What could make that situation worse? You’re already thinking about needing a spaceship just to escape, you’ve got dwindling life support, you’re on freakin’ Mars, how could it possibly get any worse?! Zombies. That’s right bitches, there are zombies on Mars, Just Like John Carpenter Told Us There Would Be! Alright, those were totally ghosts, but any chance I get to reference John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars I take. Anywho, yes, there’s apparently some type of bacterial life on Mars that turns people into zombies, spreading like an infection, and Liev Schreiber is the only man who can stop it during The Last Days On Mars.

In typical horror movie fashion, a group of astronauts are finishing up their work and preparing to head
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The Last Days on Mars | Review

Mars Attacks: Robinson’s Promising Debut an Arid Mirage

Early on in Ruairi Robinson’s directorial debut, The Last Days on Mars, a generic yet eerily promising set-up will doubtlessly remind audiences of a slew of similar space gone wrong sci-fi entries, both classic and not. An unmistakable derivative of Alien, right down to finicky crew dynamics, Robinson’s rather promising presentation fails to maximize the momentum as the film dwindles into its third act inevitabilities, left wide open for the possibility of more to come.

Only nineteen hours left of a six month research mission on Mars has an eight person crew going a little stir crazy. Science Officer Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams) is upset that the team has found nothing substantial and it seems her hopes had been set on finding evidence of indigenous life. It seems she’s been taking out her disappointment on the other crew
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The Last Days on Mars are Exciting Ones: A Movie Review

Director: Ruairi Robinson. Writers: Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson. Cast: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Charles Brunel, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris and Goran Kostic. The Last Days on Mars is a film adaptation of Sydney J. Bounds' short story "The Animators. The film was recently released in a few theatres and on video-on-demand (Oct. 31st, 2013). Starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams, the film boils down to zombies in space. Flesheaters chase astronauts through much of the film's runtime. And, The Last Days on Mars is a good blend of horror and sci-fi, which makes this film mostly exciting. Though, a few surprises are lacking. At the heart of the film is an endearing relationship between two characters. But, love and life take a backseat to looming death, in this heart pounding adventure. The story begins with eight, bickering astronauts on Mars. Their six cabin feverish
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"The Last Days On Mars": The Search For Life Is About To End

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Sneak Peek the new science fiction thriller, "The Last Days on Mars", directed by Ruairi Robinson and written by Clive Dawson, starring Liev Schreiber.

Also starring are Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostić, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama:

"...a small colony of astronaut explorers from every nation on Earth...

"...succumbs one by one to a mysterious and terrifying unknown life form...

"...while gathering specimens on the 'Red Planet'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Last Days On Mars"...
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2 Fresh Posters for Liev Schreiber Sci-Fi Horror The Last Days of Mars Surface

We've got 2 new posters up for The Last Days on Mars, a horror sci-fi film which looks eerily good, and stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama. Ruairi Robinson helms this one from the screenplay by Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson. Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell produce. You can catch this one on VOD now, as it found release on October 31st, or you can wait until December 6th to catch it in theaters via Magnet Releasing. These are actually UK posters, and we love the design. 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
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Last Days on Mars Movie Poster 3

A third poster has arrived for Ruairi Robinson's The Last Days on Mars, a film which looks ready to scare the hell out of viewers on October 31st (VOD), prior to hitting limited theaters on December 6th, 2013 via Magnet Releasing. Starring are Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama. Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson wrote the screenplay for the Andrea Cornwell and Michael Kuhn-produced film. 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 claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples
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Tadff 2013, Days 5 and 6: ‘Odd Thomas’ and ‘The Last Days on Mars’

Odd Thomas

Written and directed by Stephen Sommers

USA, 2013

In Odd Thomas, the titular clairvoyant character (Anton Yelchin) can see dead people and bodachs (spirit creatures that alert him to future deaths). Working with the local police, headed by a chief played by Willem Dafoe, Odd goes around stopping people before they do bad things, but one potential criminal, a guy he lovingly dubs Fungus Bob, causes him all sorts of problems.

The story in Odd Thomas is half-baked and slapdash (despite Odd’s constant narration trying to explain everything), the universe it tries to create is vague and unconvincing, and the actors lack a certain amount of chemistry and personality (other characters have to literally remind the audience of how weird Odd is by literally using the word “odd” to describe him). It’s a rather dull affair, and in the wide spectrum of “people who can see the
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"The Last Days On Mars": An Unknown Life Form

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Sneak Peek new images and footage from the science fiction thriller, "The Last Days on Mars", directed by Ruairi Robinson and written by Clive Dawson.

The film stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostić, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama:

"...a small colony of astronaut explorers from every nation on Earth succumbs one by one to a mysterious and terrifying unknown life form while gathering specimens on the 'Red Planet'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Last Days On Mars"...
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Liev Schreiber's Seeing Red in New Poster for The Last Days on Mars horror

This one looks like it could deliver some real chills powered by versatile Liev Schreiber on board. This second poster for The Last Days on Mars preps fans for the upcoming release which has Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Johnny Harris, Olivia Williams, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama in the cast as well. Ruairi Robinson directs from the screenplay by Clive Dawson, based on the short story by Sydney J. Bounds. This isn't R-rated, with only brief strong language in the MPAA rating, but that doesn't mean it won't scare the life out of you come its limited release on December 6th this year. You can watch it before then on iTunes and OnDemand as the film debutes on October 31st.
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FEARnet Movie Review: 'The Last Days on Mars'

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'The Last Days on Mars'
Cinematic appreciation is all a matter of perspective. To some viewers, the new indie sci-fi horror flick The Last Days on Mars will feel like a patently familiar or even simplistic rehash of themes, ideas, settings, and characters we've all seen before. To others, including me, The Last Days on Mars will come across more like one of those (virtually countless) sci-fi (mis-)adventure films from the 1950s; films in which the promise of visiting a distant planet was almost as interesting as the people and the creatures who spend time on that planet.

  Plot-wise, Ruairi Robinson's movie is certainly nothing revolutionary: it's the story of eight people who are spending their last 18 hours on the surface of Mars before packing up and heading for home. Obviously this is not how it works out. Given the film's title and tone, it should come as no surprise to learn that
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'Last Days on Mars': Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams in new trailer

Last Days on Mars has debuted a trailer.

Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams star in director Ruairi Robinson's sci-fi horror.

The film centres around a manned mission to Mars.

When the astronauts unleash a deadly infection they must fight for their own survival and that of the entire human race.

Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostić, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama will also feature in the movie.

Clive Dawson wrote the script based on a short story by Sydney J Bounds.

Last Days on Mars opens today (September 19) in the UK and will arrive in the Us on December 6.
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‘The Last Days on Mars’ Trailers & Poster: ‘Alien’ Goes to the Red Planet

Irish director Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi horror The Last Days on Mars might make space travel enthusiasts a little less eager to emigrate to the planet next door. Shot on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios on the UK, the film tells the story of a group of astronauts who are collecting specimens on Mars when they discover some specimens that probably should have been left behind. Based on a short story by Sydney James Bounds and adapted by the screen by Clive Dawson (The Bunker), The Last Days on Mars screened at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is set for a late 2013 release.

There’s been a fair amount of interest in Robinson’s feature directorial debut since he grabbed attention with 2011 horror short Blinky™, a cautionary tale about an angry boy (played by Max Records) who pays the price ...

Click to continue reading ‘The Last
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Liev Schreiber fronts the Bloody First Trailer and Poster for The Last Days on Mars

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Screening at Cannes this year in the Directors’ Fortnight, Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days of Mars is the latest thriller to make its way out into the vast terrain of space for its setting.

Liev Schreiber tops an impressive international cast in the UK/Irish/Us production, and now the first poster has debuted over on io9, following the first trailer from MSN.

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 claim 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.
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