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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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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 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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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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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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The Last Days On Mars - Liev Schreiber sci-fi thriller adds new poster, image & international trailer

Check out the new poster, a photo and the international trailer from Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama. The film's being sent out by Universal overseas, as you can see in the trailer, but domestically, Magnet Releasing distributes. Ruari Robinson directs the film from the screenplay by Sydney J. Bounds and Clive Dawson. Last Days on Mars can be seen via iTunes & and On Demand on October 31st followed by a December 6, 2013 theatrical release date. 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
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Magnet Releasing Nab Us Rights to Sci-Fi Thriller Last Days On Mars

Filmmaker Ruairi Robinson ('BlinkyTM') makes his directorial debut with new sci-fi thriller 'Last Days On Mars' later this year when it arrives on VOD. Magnet Releasing have picked up the Us distribution rights to the Focus Features project which sees a group of astronauts in perilous danger whilst carrying out the first manned mission to Mars. The movie stars Liev Schreiber ('Scream 2'), Olivia Williams ('The Sixth Sense'), Elias Koteas ('Shutter Island'), Johnny Harris ('Black Death') and hottie Romola Garai -below ('The Hour'). The British sci-fi feature is based on a short story by English author Sydney J. Bounds. Robinson helms from a screenplay adapted by Clive Dawson ('The Bill'). ...
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Locke & Key to get Feature Film Adaptation

Joe Hill's comic book series Locke & Key has officially been picked up by Universal Pictures, and they plan to develop it into a feature film. News broke on this about seven months ago, but it looks like everything has fallen into place. Star Trek and Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce it. We previously reported that they would turn the series into a trilogy, but that isn't mentioned in this recent report.

Fox previously had plans to turn it into a TV series, and a pilot was developed, but they decided not to order a full season. The network wanted to focus on their American Horror Story series instead. Kurtzman an Orci also were producers on the TV series, so they're following the project wherever it goes.

The story follows Nina Locke and her three children as they move to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, Ma
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Last Days on Mars’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Last Days on Mars’
Considerable talent and resources have clearly been marshaled in service of “The Last Days on Mars,” which, in achieving a reasonably plausible low-budget vision of the future, announces itself as a first feature of considerable ambition for Irish helmer Ruairi Robinson. Yet while it earns high marks for Jon Henson’s production design, this murkily derivative sci-fi-horror entry sets its sights disappointingly low in terms of story and ideas, leaving the viewer’s sense of awe unstirred as a solid cast, toplined by Liev Schreiber, trudges its way through what basically amounts to “Red Planet of the Dead.”

Four years ago, Duncan Jones’ “Moon” demonstrated what was possible, creatively and commercially, in the realm of minimalist speculative fiction. Apart from serving its purpose as a calling card for Robinson and his crew, “The Last Days on Mars” seems unlikely to occupy a place of similar distinction. At a time when
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Lock & Key Set to Become a Movie Trilogy at Universal

The Lock & Key TV series that was developed by director Mark Romanek and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will not be showing up on TV anytime soon. Fox dropped the project to focus on American Horror Story, but it's not dead yet!

According to Latino Review, Universal Pictures has picked up the Idw published comic and they plan on bringing it to the big screen instead, as a trilogy!

The comic was created by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, and the story follows "Nina Locke and her three children as they move to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, Ma to recover from an unspeakable horror. Keyhouse is a mysterious New England mansion with fantastic and transformative keys that are hidden inside its walls. The keys are being are being sought after by a sinister and relentless creature with ties to the family's past who will stop
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Casting: Pegg, Firth, Hudson, Cullen

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Simon Pegg will lead Peter Chelsom's adaptation of François Lelord's novel "Hector and the Search for Happiness". The schedule aims for Pegg to shoot the film once he wraps Edgar Wright's "The World's End".

Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay penned the script which follows the story of an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis -- largely because his patients are just not getting any happier -- who decides to go on his own quest to find a smile. [Source: THR]

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Colin Firth has signed on to star as actor, director, playwright and singer Noel Coward in a new comedy drama "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" at BiteSize Entertainment.

The story follows Noel's two weeks at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1955, when he performed for huge crowds. [Source: The AP]

Lullaby

Jennifer Hudson, Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund have joined the cast
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Cannes 2012: 'Last Days on Mars' Begins Shooting with Liev Shreiber, Olivia Williams

Cannes 2012: 'Last Days on Mars' Begins Shooting with Liev Shreiber, Olivia Williams
Qwerty Films and Focus Features International have added Elias Koteas, Tom Cullen, Johnny Harris and Yusra Warsama to the cast of "Last Days on Mars," a sci-fi drama now shooting in Jordan and the UK with a cast that also includes Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams. Focus is currently selling rights to the film in the Cannes marketplace for all territories except the UK, where Universal Pictures will handle the release. "Last Days on Mars" is based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds about a group of astronauts who discover
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Liev Schreiber, Sally Hawkins and Romola Garai Will Spend ‘The Last Days on Mars’

Ruairi Robinson got a few headlines when, about a year ago, he debuted Blinky™, a science fiction short that featured the acting talents of Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are); past that, his career has been a little slower than some may prefer.. However, The Daily Mail (via ThePlaylist) reports that he’s wrangled a trio of players for a sci-fi feature, The Last Days on Mars, which will begin shooting in July.

Liev Schreiber, Sally Hawkins, and Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement) will be leading the film, written by Clive Dawson and based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds. It follows eight astronauts on a Mars space station who encounter danger when they discover an unknown, dangerous bacteria; BleedingCool, having read the script, described it as something of a horror film, what with “a lot of business with airlocks that could be outstandingly tense if deftly handled.
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Liev Schreiber, Sally Hawkins & Romola Garai To Star In Ruari Robinson's Sci-Fi 'The Last Days On Mars'

Is there a curse of sci-fi movies set on Mars? We don't believe that, but there's plenty of evidence to support that theory, with virtually every film set on our nearest planetary neighbor -- from "Mission To Mars" to "Red Planet" from "Ghosts Of Mars" and "Mars Needs Moms" to "John Carter" -- all disappointing critically, commercially or both. But director Ruairi Robinson ain't afraid of no curse.

The Irish filmmaker made his name with the Oscar-nominated animated short "Fifty Percent Grey," and has since made a couple of acclaimed live-action tinged shorts -"Silent City" with Cillian Murphy and "Blinky" with Max Records (watch both below). But despite the director being briefly attached to the live-action remake of "Akira" in the middle of the last decade, he's been yet to move into the feature film world, but he's about to finally get rolling on his debut.

Robinson's been attached
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Trailer For ‘Locke & Key’ TV Pilot, Directed By Mark Romanek, Surfaces Online

Some of you will remember that last year the blogosphere was constantly reporting on director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) taking on the television pilot for Locke & Key, based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s comic series. Fox didn’t end up optioning the series, but did they did premiere the pilot last month at Comic Con to a few hundred people. For everyone else who wasn’t in attendance, a trailer for the show ended up online, which you can watch below.

via /Film

Here is the official synopsis from the comic:

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times
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‘Locke & Key’ Trailer: See the Comic Adaptation Fox TV Passed Up

Last year, Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) directed a television pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic series Locke & Key. Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl led the cast about a small family that takes possession of a mansion that is full of secrets. Or full of secret doors, as it turns out. Fox decided not to go with the show, leaving the pilot as one of many TV orphans. The show got a one-off screening [1] last month at Comic Con, but showing the pilot to a few hundred people hardly counts as a public airing. Now we've got the closest anyone is likely to get to Locke & Key without resorting to piracy: a trailer for the show ended up online yesterday. See it below. There's a lot of setup here, but when things get a little more intense the show starts to look promising.
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‘Locke & Key’ Pilot Will Be Shown at Comic Con

It isn't often that a network decides to showcase a property that it decided not to fully embrace, but that is exactly what Fox will allow to happen with the comic book adaptation Locke & Key next month at Comic Con. The pilot was directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) with Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl in the cast, but Fox elected not to pick up the show [1]. Despite that fact, the company has given its blessing for comic publisher Idw to hold a panel presentation for the show at Comic Con, complete with a screening of the full pilot. Deadline [2] says that the panel will take place July 22 at 10:30 Am with comic creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as Josh Friedman (pilot writer/producer), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The show was envisioned as a summer series, then possibly a fall prospect,
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Locke & Key Series Pilot to Screen at Comic-Con

Fox will be showing off the pilot of their new TV series Locke & Key at San Diego Comic-Con. The show is an adaptation of the Joe Hill created comic book, and the series was developed by producers Steven Speilberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) is writing the script and Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) is directing.

The Locke & Key panel will take place on July 22 at 10:30 Am and will include a screening of the pilot, followed by a discussion with Hill, Rodriguez, the pilot's writer/executive producer Josh Friedman and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The series stars Jesse McCartney as Ty, the eldest son of the Locke children. Ty was the closest with his dad in the story, and carries a special guilt for his father's death. The character isolates himself by retreating into his music.
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