From the director of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE comes the thrilling, eye-popping science fiction adventure MISSION TO MARS, starring Gary Sinise (SNAKE EYES) and Tim Robbins (HIGH FIDELITY). The year is 2020, and the first manned... more » mission to Mars, commanded by Luke Graham (Don Cheadle, OCEANS 11), 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. MISSION TO MARS is an action-packed rocket ride that will enthrall you with its stunning special effects and keep you on the edge of your seat.« less
Michael W. (olympos) from MORELAND, GA Reviewed on 3/9/2014...
These days a lot of people say that they're "into sci-fi" when, I think, they're really just into explosions and special effects. Most modern "sci-fi" movies couldn't generate a sense of wonder if they fell into a sense of wonder pit while being bathed in a sense of wonder beam emanating from a sense of wonder machine. This movie manages to pull it off. Recommended...unless you only watch The Matrix to see the bullet time FX, in which case you should take the blue pill and go back to sleep.
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Keri S. (irnivek) from LOVELL, WY Reviewed on 2/2/2012...
Well, being a sci-fi geek who sometimes drags her poor husband along for the ride, we did watch this whole movie. Though I'm not sure we should have. Kept thinking it was going to get better...
3 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amy N. (dejavualloveragain) from NEWCASTLE, WY Reviewed on 3/8/2011...
Aside from the dazzling special effects, this movie is a waste of space. (no pun intended.) I found it entertaining at the beginning. True, the acting was a tad over done, but I liked the story line. Then, it happened... the scene that completely made me lose interest and respect for the writers and director of this film. Tim Robbins' character overshoots his distance to the space craft and starts to drift into space. Connie Nielsen's character quickly lets out a lanyard and attempts to save him but it is a few feet too short. She cannot use her jetpack because she doesn't have enough fuel to reach him and return. THERE ARE TWO OTHER PEOPLE WITH JETPACKS, YET, THEY ARE SOMEHOW FORGOTTEN. Now, are we to believe that three people with jetpacks and a lanyard cannot rescue a guy slowly drifting away? Run yourself out towards the drifting man HALFWAY, have a second guy run out half the distance to you, and the third half again. Then using the lanyard, reel each party in piece-meal like. And these are some of the brightest minds we have to send up there? Well, instead, Tim Robbins character dramatically removes his helmet in the deep void of space and dies. Idiot. After that scene I TOTALLY lost interest and walked away. Mr. De Palma, next time you direct a film, do not underestimate your audience. It's insulting.
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Donna P. from SPRINGFIELD, OR Reviewed on 12/17/2009...
Great actors and a simi-thiller. Maybe it came out at the wrong time? Worth the price, but don't need to see it again.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Al V. (Bigal) from HOOVER, AL Reviewed on 10/20/2009...
The crew of a Mars Mission is stranded, then all but one, killed by a mysterious force. When the lone survivor is rescued, the unique part of the movie begins. All in all, give it three stars for some originality and as usual, a good acting job by Don Cheadle. Sinise is also good. Robbins is along for the ride. You like sci-fi? You'll at least want to watch this one once.
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Stephen W. (thegreatest) from PORT HURON, MI Reviewed on 9/6/2009...
This was a fun movie, although a little slow starting out. There is one scene with this nasty wind storm on Mars that was pretty amazing! All in all the movie is pretty forgettable. The acting was good, and great special effects, but little else.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
David F. from GAITHERSBURG, MD Reviewed on 7/29/2009...
This is a terrific movie. Great actors...a little over-acted at times, but believeable. Amazing special effects, compelling story, funny and inventive. NASA sends and expedition to Mars for a site survey and research when something amazing happens but it compromises the mission. I was surprised how cool this movie turned out to be...I'll definitely watch it again.
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Why on Earth, or, uh, Mars, did this movie get so many negat
JOHN P. HANSSEN | ventura, CA USA | 05/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You would think that the movie being reviewed here was a lame 50's or 70's B movie entitle "Attack of the Killer Blonde Bimbos" or something to that effect. I recently got a chance to view this entire film the other night and all I've got to say is "Man! This is a valuable lesson of not listening to the negative reviews before getting a chance to see the movie!! And, sad to say, this is exactly what kept me from seeing this movie for so long. I made the mistake of listening to all the negative ink about it. I can guarantee you that you will find this film at least very likable. The story is good and so is the acting, even though there may be a couple of hokey parts in the film. Most of it, though, is highly enjoyable and VERY believable. This has to be one best, as well as underrated, sci-fi films ever made. Definitely worth at least one viewing and definitely better than "Red Planet"!
I enjoyed the film.
W Arthur | Utica, NY United States | 08/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After having viewed the film at a cinema during its initial release, I purchased the DVD when it became available. I enjoyed the acting, the characters, the CGI, the music and the story. In short, I was entertained. Others have chosen to provide harsh comments. Personally, I enjoyed the film. I happen to be a science-fiction author and I like a good story. Mission to Mars provided that. I don't think Brian De Palma was trying to do anything more than entertain in an appealing way. As far as this reviewer is concerned, he succeeded."
Top-Of-The-Line Science Fiction
Stephen B. O'Blenis | Nova Scotia, Canada | 10/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Possibly the best near-future space exploration epic ever filmed, surpassing even such quality fare as "Stranded" and "2001" & "2010". Realistic and believable and fairly technical, but unlike too many skeptics-concious current science fiction, not afraid to dream big and speculate grand. Top-notch performances all around and oustanding technical aspects, plus superior characterization in a genre that sometimes seems to feel it has to make its players either cold and cynical or cocky and beligerent to be believable. Gripping from the start, with a fantastic finale, "Mission To Mars" is likely to awaken a curiousity for space, a sense of wonder and adventure, and an appreciation for the night sky in even the most jaded and disinterested hearts."
An enjoyable movie despite what the critics say
Kali | United Kingdom | 06/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great film despite what the critics say. Gary Sinise puts in a good performance as the washed out astronaut Jim McConnell who heads a rescue team to Mars after the mysterious death of three of the four astronauts already on the planet. Okay, so this quite is a slow moving film but it has superb special effects, pretty good acting, and a great cast all round. The plot isn't too complicated either; it follows the rescuers as they head for Mars and the trials and tribulations they face on the long and monotonous journey to the Red Planet. There is a fantastic space walk scene with Tim Robbins, some fun moments in the form of a "perfect" woman's DNA made entirely of sweets, and the occasional gruesome part such as the freezing to death of Tim Robbins character when he commits suicide outside the space craft in order to save his wife and crew. The rescue mission has now become a fight for survival for the three remaining astronauts who finally land on the Red Planet after loosing most of their space ship to a fuel leak. They do however find the only survivor of the previous expedition played brilliantly by Don Cheadle who has gone "native" for want of a better description. Together the four astronauts try to find out what killed Cheadle's friends and in doing so come across Mars incredible secret; once long ago Mars was inhabited, and its legacy lies deep underground, but earlier disturbance by Cheadle and his now dead companions (look out for the great whirlwind that effect that wipes out the first expedition) has bought it to the surface and it is a gigantic carving of humanoid looking face. It is this face that will led the Astronauts to the most breathtaking discovery of all; the origin of life on earth. This film is well worth seeing though you wouldn't believe it after the panning it got. I have fast come to the opinion that many critics aren't interested in intelligent science fiction anymore, but rather want blockbusters like "The Phantom Menace" which is great fun but don't exactly put a strain on the little gray cells. Mission to Mars is intelligent whilst still being enjoyable, fun whilst still being serious. So come on folks so many of you liked "2001 A Space Odessey" when it came out so why not give Mission to Mars a chance? You never know, you just might enjoy it."
CINEMATIC EXPLORATION FROM NONE OTHER THAN DE PALMA
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 01/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are the typical hormone-besotted male mind in today's audiences that are the target of Hollywood's recent fascination with flying bodies pummeling and kicking each other in air, this movie is not for you. For the rest of us above the age of consent, director Brian De Palma has created a precious return to the earlier and more enduring cinematic values of humanity. The story is a quantum leap above earlier forms of the genre. A fine, professional cast delivers superb performances in the rendering of the story. It is supported and enhanced beautifully by an excellent music score, and realized in seamless compositing between traditional art, computer graphics and photography. The story begins at the level of normal interchange between the explorers who are well represented. As we move along with the crew into the exploration of the most interesting planetary neighbor in our solar system, we encounter love, sacrifice, and valor. The result is the achievement of an uplifting and inspiring cinema experience, depicting a somewhat erudite theory that is growing in popularity among many of the scientists of its time. It culminates in the glory of incomparable possibilities. Highly recommended if you care for discerning cinema!"