In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves.Written by
According to visual effects house Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) in South Australia, "RSP was asked to complete two helmet effects. In one instance, the astronauts' helmets needed to futuristically fold back into their suits. In the other, a close up fight scene with POV shots, visors had to be built in CG because the practical visors showed camera reflections." Their solution was: "Magically collapsing 3D helmets and hand tracked 3D visors were produced in Softimage, and composited in Shake and Media Illusion. Plus we got to run around with Val Kilmer's actual helmet on our heads shouting 'I'm Batman, I'm Batman'." See more »
When radio communications are first established there is a closeup shot of Bowman against a dark background with a backlight. A great deal of dust can be seen moving in the air behind Bowman. In an enclosed space such as a space ship the dust would be constantly filtered out. See more »
Commander Kate Bowman:
By the year 2000 we had begun to over populate, pollute, and poison our planet faster than we could clean it up. We ignored the problem for as long as we could. But we were kidding ourselves. By 2025, we knew we were in trouble. And began to desperately search for a new home - Mars.
Commander Kate Bowman:
For the last 20 years we've been sending unmanned probes with algae, bio-engineered to grow there and produce oxygen. We're going to build ourselves an atmosphere we can breathe. And for 20 ...
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In the credits, Pettengill is spelled Pettengil (one "l"). See more »
A Thousand Years
Written by Sting and Kipper
Published by Magnetic Publishing Ltd.
Administered by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./Diverse Music Ltd.
Administered by BMG Songs, Inc.
Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Mars in 2000
What a perfect rivalry this film has with Brian De Palma's Mission to Mars. Two films coming out in the same year, set on the same planet, with the same production values and featuring casts of equal talent. While both movies also feature numerous scientific inaccuracies and stupidities, each has something different to offer. If you are looking for mystique, try Mission to Mars, but if you want action or thrills, then go with Red Planet.
Set in the mid twenty first century, Earth is dying, and humanity has turned to Mars as a potential replacement. An unmanned terraforming experiment has been attempted (according to the introductory narration) Months later, it appears to have failed, so a group of astronauts are sent out to investigate. They are surprised and excited to discover not only breathable air but the existence of life on the barren cold red world. When their space craft shuts down however, not only are they stranded, but they become threatened by the malfunctioning of their navigator droid 'Amee'. These few individuals must survive to carry the news back to Earth which proves that man can live on the Red Planet.
I think the story works decently as a nifty sci-fi thriller. Mars in this film looks quite convincing, because the terrain closely resembles the photographs taken by the Pathfinder in 1997. The color scheme is made up of browns and tans, rather than the over saturated red from Mission to Mars.
Ret Planet was received better than Brian De Palma's movie, and I can see why. Although neither of them are examples of great filmaking, I would recommend them both.
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