Monday, 23 June 2014

Mission to Mars Review

Mission to Mars

Release Date: 6th April 2000 - Australia

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures (presents)
Spyglass Entertainment (presents)
The Jacobson Company
Red Horizon Productions

Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi
Rating: M

Runtime: 101 minutes

Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $110,983,407

Plot Summary
The year is 2020, and the 
first manned mission to 
Mars, commanded by 
Luke Graham lands 
safely on the red planet. 

But the Martian landscape 
harbors a bizarre and 
shocking secret that 
leads to a mysterious 
disaster so catastrophic, 
it decimates the crew. 
Haunted by a cryptic last 
message from Graham, 
NASA launches the Mars 
Recovery Mission to 
investigate and bring back 
survivors – if there are any. 
Confronted with nearly 
insurmountable dangers, 
but propelled by deep 
friendship, the team finally 
lands on Mars and makes 
a discovery so amazing, it 
takes your breath away

Gary Sinise - Jim McConnell
Tim Robbins - Woody Blake
Don Cheadle - Luke Graham
Connie Nielsen - Terri Fisher
Jerry O'Connell - Phil Ohlmyer
Kim Delaney - Maggie McConnell
Peter Outerbridge - Sergei Krov
Kavan Smith - Nicholas Willis
Jill Teed - Renee Cote
Elisa Neal - Debra Graham
Robert Bailey Jr. - Bobby Graham

Director - Brian DePalma
Story/Screenplay - Jim & John 
Story - Lowell Cannon
Screenplay - Graham Yost
Producer - Tom Jacobson
Production Designer - Ed Verreaux
Costume Designer - Sanja Milkovic Hays
Director of Photography - Stephen H. Hurum
Film Editor - Paul Hirsch
Visual Effects Supervisors - John Knoll and
Hoyt Yeatman
Co-Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - George Murphy
Music - Ennio Morricone

Before I got to see the overlooked basic sci-fi film MISSION TO MARS. It was released on the beginning of the 21st century and then paired up with another Mars-related film RED PLANET on two different dates. These both are set on the planet's real scenery, neither of these space-faring exploration films ever beat one another or received any critical praise. Compared to the classic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (click here) for what I've heard, it shares some of its principles and technical wizardry. While watching M2M, I felt it was progressing well as an ordinary flick until it reaches the final half which seems to be constructed with a few second-rate CGI sequences. Without being hallucinogenic as 2001 did and with the advice from Stanley Kubrick on his deathbed. Director Brian DePalma was able to make this the new version and more so he added emotion, adventure and a faster pace.

However, the film is able to keep up with the cinematography made from 2001's same techniques. It's gotten more vivider in these proud angles to a certain skill of creativity. To some of the actors I appreciated the high standard of their acting, Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins were not unsuitable and showing no signs of their in-animating expressions.

I wish I knew the movie would have been more popular if it haven't got any of a few flaws. Say if you will about MISSION TO MARS, I'm considerate that it is not the best of its year. This solid feature is very rare and a need for audiences to be thrilled in huge captivation.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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