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The Last Days on Mars (2013)

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A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

Director:

Ruairi Robinson

Writers:

Sydney J. Bounds (short story), Clive Dawson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Liev Schreiber ... Vincent Campbell
Elias Koteas ... Charles Brunel
Romola Garai ... Rebecca Lane
Olivia Williams ... Kim Aldrich
Johnny Harris ... Robert Irwin
Goran Kostic ... Marko Petrovic
Tom Cullen ... Richard Harrington
Yusra Warsama ... Lauren Dalby
Patrick Joseph Byrnes ... Flight Commander Ellis
Lewis Macleod ... Infected Voices (voice)
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Storyline

On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he's made an historic discovery; fossilised evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up, and goes out on an unauthorised expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster, when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they begin to realise; the life-form they've discovered is highly dangerous to all human life. Written by AnonymousB

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The search for life is about to end.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Days on Mars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,608, 8 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,838, 10 January 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Clive Dawson tried to be faithful to the original short story by Sydney J. Bounds, "The Animators". However, in the story, the crew is composed of six men. For the adaptation, Dawson added two new characters and wrote some of them as female characters. See more »

Goofs

During their conversations in the rover while Petrovic and Harrington are returning to site 9 Harrington's right shoulder strap adjuster suddenly flips upside down, then back again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rebecca Lane: First big one of the season.
Vincent Campbell: Yep. It's heading right for base.
Rebecca Lane: It's gonna mess up Kim's dig. She's not gonna like that.
Vincent Campbell: Yeah, well, I don't like it much either.
Rebecca Lane: There's a surprise. Lighten up, Vince, a bit of dust never hurt anyone.
Vincent Campbell: It's not the dust I'm worried about.
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Blue Skies Are Around The Corner
Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
Performed by Jack Hylton
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Old School Space Story
1 November 2013 | by yourlifeSee all my reviews

This movie had a shot at being quite good, only made it to pretty good. It was a bit of a throwback movie from the 50's with better special effects. Performances were good, but the story went from scientific to space horror a tad too quickly.

Liev Schrieber was adequate but his character had no emotion until the very end of the film. Other performers were sort of character actor types and their length of time on the screen was based much on either who is the prettiest or the most foolish.

There was decent suspense early on and a curiosity as to what happened earlier in their lives, but not in the movie and I guess it had played a part in the plot, but with no explanation, it was kind of oddly placed.

It's a decent watch and only killed about 98 minutes, so you won't find it to be a total waste of time. If you watch it with the thoughts of real early science fiction, you can see how it fit into the genre.

Some people may be surprised by the ending or you'll wonder what happened next.

Take the time, enjoy the ride and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, but not overwhelmed.

Just my thoughts!


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