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
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 »
The gravity on Mars is about 0.4 that of earth yet you wouldn't know it when they walk. See more »
I would usually score this an 8, but at the time of my posting it scored a 5.5 which makes no sense to me.
You would never know by watching it, but this is a low budget movie (about 10% of what Oblivion cost to make). I stumble by accident on this movie and given the quality of most SF stories today I was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.
The special effects are impressive for low budget movie, although they are not essential to the story line. It is a dark SF story (like Alien), but does not follow your typical Hollywood ending (which I always like), but is my guess why it gets panned in the reviews.
I story line is strong, I didn't find myself say "come on!" during this movie once (which is rare for me in SF pictures), that is not to say there are no moments, that are a little bit of a stretch, but all in all a good ride.
Just so you know, I also Ejoyed Moon, Sunshine and Prometheus (I would only give Oblivion a 7, it was okay but very predictable, and about 8 "come on!" moments)
As for this, if you haven't enjoyed a SF horror in a while, I think you will be entertained by this...
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