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Reviewed April 8th, 2001 by Len D. Martin


Cast: Val Kilmer (Gallagher), Carrie-Anne Moss (Commander Kate Bowman), Benjamin Bratt (Ted Santen), Tom Sizemore (Dr. Quinn Burchenal), Simon Baker (Chip Pettengill), Terence Stamp (Chantilas).

Director: Antony Hoffman.

Story: It is the middle of the 21st Century. Earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only answer. Through the use of robotic landers, Earth has been Terraforming Mars with algae in order to produce Oxygen to make the planet habitable. But something has gone wrong. The algae is slowly disappearing. Bowman and her crew are making this journey to investigate what went wrong with the Terraforming project. What happens when they get there is far more terrifying: a Solar flare endangers the ship and Bowman orders the crew to abandon the ship before they reach their designated landing site. They crash-land leaving them without scientific, communication or escape equipment; and causes their military mapping and exploration robot, AMEE, to malfunction into an enemy. As the landing team explores the harsh new planet desperately seeking a way to communicate with Bowan, they make the most baffling discovery of them all - Mars may be barren, but it's not uninhabited.

Audio: Presented in English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English and French Subtitles The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is excellent and has deep rich bass.

Video: Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 - Enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

Extras: Deleted Scenes; Cast and Director Career Highlights; Interactive Menus; Scene Access.

Comments: Forget Logic. Forget Science. Just relax and enjoy this film as a homage to the Mars '50s science-fiction films, such as “The Angry Red Planet” and “Rocketship X-M”.


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