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Escape from Mars (1999)

Five astronauts make the first manned trip to Mars, in the second decade of the 21st century. They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lia Poirier, Sagan Cocommander
... John Rank, Sagan Cocommander
Allison Hossack ... Andrea Singer, Mission Chemist
... Bill Malone, Mission Architect
... Jason, Mission Control Weasel
... Sergei Andropov, Misson Biogeochemist
... Steve Yaffe
... Robert Poirer, Lia's Husband
... Gail McConnell, Mission Control
... Stephanie Rank, John's Ex Wife
Arlene MacPherson ... Remi
... Robert Singer
Jonathan Barrett ... Richard Singer
Darrell Nicholson ... Andy Singer
Sophia Sweatman ... Amanda Singer
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Five astronauts make the first manned trip to Mars, in the second decade of the 21st century. They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, their own personal problems, as well as the surprises that The Red Planet has in store for them. Written by <kimdv@best.com>

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Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and peril, and for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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The Sagan is based on the Space Shuttle - it has two boosters to help launch it and a large external tank that feeds its 3 onboard engines. Once these are all jettisoned, they only have orbital manouevering thrusters, which might possibly be able to allow the craft to land, but are nowhere near powerful enough to launch the vehicle from the surface of Mars, even with its lower gravity. See more »

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Not bad . . . considering
7 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

For a low budget movie I didn't think this one was all that bad. I've seen worse, in fact I used this film to try to wash the horrible taste of Star Trek Insurrection out of my mouth. Compared to that, this is Dickens stacked against Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

However I am willing to admit that Escape from Mars has a few flaws. First and foremost the budget for special effects was about $6.50 plus what they could find in the change slot of local phone booths. This is probably what led most science fiction fans against this film. We're used to fantastic specials which create a real visual treat. To have that missing really hurts the film.

The second flaw is that the story, however realistic, is now standard for anyone who has read anything from the hard science genre. Whoever wrote this has obviously read Robinson and Bova as well as checked the NASA site every now and then. So I guess my complaint is that there were few surprises or new stuff.

Third is that the whole thing is shot on video which makes everything look cheap, like a news room set. There is little which looks realistic and one can feel a bit ripped off by the sets they have although I did notice a few nice touches in the background.

What saved this film in my opinion was the acting. Every actor in this film did a sterling job despite the problems. Many of us are used to some atrocious over-acting which is enough to make Jack Palance proud and me nauseous. Ironically it is the faults of this film which allow viewers to see what a hard job acting is. With limited special effects and poor sets you can see what normal actors see when they work. The large temptation is to over act but the entire cast bring out believable, human performances which is why I gave the film a 7.


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