1st Mars mission crash lands, kills the captain and 5 survive. Help from Earth will take 2+ years. Food and electricity (recycling oxygen and water) shortage means only 2 can survive. The other 3 leave and have their last hours recorded.
A seven-man crew of international specialists formed by Commander Andre Vishniac; engineer Luca Baglioni; doctor Jenny Johnson; astrobiologist Fidel Rodrigo; pilot Susana Sánchez; geologist Herbert Sagan; and pilot Lowell, travels to Mars to explore the planet. On arrival, Lowell stays in orbit on the mother ship while the crew lands on Mars. However, their landing craft crashes on the planet and Vishniac breaks his neck. They learn they are stranded on Mars while Lowell returns to Earth to bring a rescue team. Meanwhile, Luca calculates the oxygen, water, and supplies and concludes that there are enough for only two of them to survive the twenty-six months before an eventual rescue team reaches Mars. It's decided that Luca (engineer) and Jenny (doctor) should be the ones to stay in the spacecraft due to their specialties, while Susan, Rodrigo, and Sagan set out to explore the planet before their inevitable death. But while there is life, there is hope.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When talking about extravehicular activity, Susana pronounces the acronym EVA like a word "eva". This acronym is never pronounced like a word, but rather the letters are said individually. See more »
It's 298 days since the first manned mission to Mars left the Alpha International Space Station. The spaceship Aries and her crew of 7 men and women from different nations are now going into orbit around the red planet.
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The movie started slow but the overall conflict kept me watching. Once the plot twists began to kick in the movie gained a lot of momentum that kept me riveted. Some of the acting is soft but it kind of adds a bit of realism to the goings-on.
This movie takes some turns that I did not expect and I'm a professional screenwriter so i think that's saying a lot. There are a few threads hanging at the end that I wish were fleshed out more but I did not leave unsatisfied.
If you're in the mood for some thoughtful sci-fi I highly recommend that you give this flick a try.
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