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
Bowman is seen wearing a ball cap "Miramar Flying Service San Diego" several times. Miramar use to be the home of the U.S. Navy Top Gun school. Val Kilmer played F-14 pilot "Iceman" in Top Gun (1986). See more »
(at around 57 mins) In a shot of Mars from space, the sun is in the top-right corner of the frame, casting a lens flare straight down. If the sun is in the corner, it should cast the flare diagonally across the screen. 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 »
The Tower That Ate People
Written by Peter Gabriel
Published by Real World Music (BMI)
Produced by Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of Real World Music, Ltd.
Peter Gabriel appears courtesy of Geffen Records for North America and Virgin Records Ltd. for the rest of the world See more »
I found this to be much better than average among science-fiction films, a very pleasant surprise. To its credit, it resists the temptation to overdo the violence and still keeps the viewer entertained throughout the 106 minutes with some inventive material.
The visuals are good and the special-effects with the robot "AMEE" are excellent and fun to watch. The characters in here are neutral: not really likable good guys but not bad guys, either. Also to the film's credit, the profanity is pretty low, at least compared to most films today.
Val Kilmer, Carie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore and Terrence Stamp are recognizable names in here. I don't know if this film ever got its just due. It's better than the ratings you see here on IMDb.
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