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
In addition to sound-stages and a quarry in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia, this movie was shot on location in Wadi Rum, Jordan, and remote Coober Pedy in far northern South Australia - two locales that provide probably the best facsimile of the Martian surface here on Earth. "As far as the eye could see you had this flat, flat desert interspersed with incredibly massive rocks shooting straight out of the ground way up into the sky," observed producer Jorge Saralegui. "It was breathtaking scenery and very similar to the Mars surface which is, in fact, full of vast craters and mountains." See more »
During the ice storm on Mars, no one's breath is visible on the ground, despite sub-freezing temperatures. 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 »
Yet Another Twist On The Trip-To-Mars Idea, But A Good One
This movie was released the same year as "Mission To Mars" and both movies had an interesting twist to them.
While "Mission To Mars" dealt humans "visiting" the planet and dealing with the "face on Mars" and a previous civilization living on that planet at one time, "Red Planet" dealt with humans trying to "colonize" the planet but running into a problem they didn't count --- life still being there.
I would suggest viewing both movies as companions to each other.
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