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Terra Formars (2016)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 29 April 2016 (Japan)
In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists seed the planet with algae to absorb sun light and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches who in turn spread the algae as they feed. ... See full summary »


Takashi Miike


Kazuki Nakashima (screenplay), Yû Sasuga (manga) | 1 more credit »


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Emi Takei ... Nanao Akita
Masaya Katô ... Keisuke Dojima
Hideaki Itô ... Shokichi Komachi
Tomohisa Yamashita Tomohisa Yamashita ... Jim Muto
Eiko Koike Eiko Koike ... Mina Obari
Mariko Shinoda Mariko Shinoda ... Sorae Osako
Megumi Morino
Kiyohiko Shibukawa Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Ken'ichi Takitô Ken'ichi Takitô ... Shunji Tezuka
Rina Ohta Rina Ohta ... Maria Renjo


In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists seed the planet with algae to absorb sun light and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches who in turn spread the algae as they feed. 500 years later, the first manned mission to Mars loses contact with Earth, and a second ship is sent to investigate. Written by Shaun Stanfield

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Release Date:

29 April 2016 (Japan) See more »

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Terraformars See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland


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2.35 : 1
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Hella crazy, yet sort of entertaining.
22 August 2018 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Sitting on the couch "Terra Formars" just happened to be playing on my TV screen. I knew nothing of the manga series, but Takashi Miike's involvement - I thought I'll give it a shot and see what he would bring to the fold. The varied career of Miike, churning out films like no other. Each tonally different to the point you don't know what to expect. Sometimes you are picking up your jaw from off the ground, while other times you're left scratching your head and then possibly awe-struck because you're seeing something rather normal. Reading the outline for this film, it seemed like Miike could have fun. So in a way I wasn't too sure what was lifted from the source material compared to what was Miike doing his signature madcap craziness.

"Terra Formars" is downright nonsensical sci-fi pulp. A run-of-the-mill beginning (the dirty dozen in a futuristic set-up on a mission to the planet Mars) succumbs to a smorgasbord of heavy CG, bug morphing accompanied by a informative lesson on the insects the character become, hammy dialogues, ridiculously crazy fight sequences and volatile bug squishing. And I mean a lot of squishing! So it can get messy watching beefed-up humanoid cockroaches, humans and hybrid human-insects with their limbs tenaciously torn off, heads being snapped back and insides seeping out, but this messiness also included the minor storytelling. Characters and their story arches have no real clarity. They're thrown together in such a careless, rushed manner that when the deaths pile up there's little emotional impact. And most of the cast are killed before reaching the hour mark! From then onwards it only gets weirder and absurd in its denouncements, while giving a little exposition to remaining characters. Really the plot plays secondary to the on-screen action; set-piece after set-piece of cartoon-like CG activity.

Watch how the exterminators become the exterminated, as these hand-picked criminals dressed to impress in their space suits are facing something much more than your standard cockroach like first thought; as now they've evolved into humanoid killing machines intent of slaughtering humans.

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