The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Mission to Mars
Let There Be Life.
When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.
They went into space searching for extraterrestrial life, but instead they found something else—themselves.
So endearingly optimistic that I want to forget all the problems I had with it and just return the warm, fuzzy hug it gave me. Enough dated CGI to counterbalance the occasionally brilliant cinematography, and enough boring stock scenes to ruin the few moments of genuine tension, but there's something surprisingly sweet about the characters' simple desire just to be together.
Hard to believe that a movie which rips a character to shreds with an imaginary space tornado could be (almost) redeemed by its sentimentality.
Wholly optimistic classical space gas. I was briefly perturbed that Val Kilmer wasn't in this (why did I think Val Kilmer was in this??) and the goofy daddish joshing in the first ten minutes had me blowing skeptical vape streams from both nostrils. But Mission To Mars made me insanely happy - De Palma employs all the suspense tools in his estimable kit as the gang of cool-headed astronauts ("Come on guys, work the problem" is something I will definitely implement in my corner store capacity the next time we receive a particularly tricky shipment of Budweiser) navigate their fraught path to the red planet, and then he pulls out like a whole 'nother kit once they reach their destination…
"It's why we're here."
the sheer suicidal audacity of the manned exploration of space juxtaposed with spiritual risk of being truly connected to someone or something else, both manifestations of our instinctive need to reach out.
Not the space film we want but the space film we need, a space film full of humanity. In this film human faculty still reigns supreme. In a space we cannot inhabit an alien space we need it here more than ever we need to see astronauts jam out to rock n' roll and think of corny pranks and most importantly we need to see human failure over failure of technology. The things that go wrong all the setbacks in the film happen because they can't fix all the problems in the first place because they are human. Making a point for humanity and its faults with a director willing to take risks and even fail to get us there. This is the genuine brother of our more finely tuned sci fi masterpieces it is the sci fi film to keep us humble.
When this came out back in 2000 I bet the knives came out pretty quickly for De Palma. As a man known for his visual stylistics and cutting edge camera maneuvers, this looked cheap despite a huge budget. Effects that looked neither special or convincing and a script written by a two year old didn't help things either.
De Palma's film as you might have guessed is about Earth's first manned mission to Mars. We have disaster, confusion, and a plot as flimsy as some of the sets.Mission To Mars has some of the cheesiest dialogue I have ever heard. From Tim Robbins to Don Cheadle to Gary Sinise, they must have cringed when they looked what was written on…
It starts with a signature Brian DePalma sequence shot, camera roving around a party introducing us to all the principals on the eve of the first ever Mission to Mars. Except there's a weird cut in the middle of the shot, just before Don Cheadle's character is introduced. I can find no evidence that the shot was cut up by some studio hack (ala Magnificent Ambersons) and the cut does have an interesting disruptive effect, separating Cheadle from the group just as he will be by the mission.
The other weird, not-DePalma-y thing about the film is that, as far as I could tell, it's completely earnest. The astronauts have real traumas that they attempt to deal with in realistic…
The space ship scenes done as practice effects was incredible. And De Palma does some nice things with the camera. I don't even have that much of a problem with the overall story and the metaphysical ending.
But lordy, the dialog is atrocious. From the notorious opening exposition until the end, almost all the dialog is rough to listen to. It is scary to imagine what it would have sounded like if the movie wasn't filled with such good actors.
BAD MOVIE WITH GOOD ACTORS.
I didn't even watch it till the end.
One of the worst space movies ever, at least plan 9 sucks in a good way.
I was really dreading this one. I put it on a month or so ago and turned it off after 15 minutes. Finally got past the opening drudgery and.....
I almost gave this 4 stars.
3 will do, as a lot of this movie is dull and clunky. Some scenes are cut too short and some scenes drag far too long so it is by no means a successful movie rhythmically. This isn’t dissimilar to Interstellar which is a film I loved. The thing with a movie like that is it is so so grand, so undeniable in it’s intentions and sentiment and unapologetically what it is that this dwarfs any pacing or script issues. Mission to Mars feels insecure…
It’s been a while since I’ve seen this little number. When I was younger it seemed exponentially less shitty. Whatever, I still love it. Sue me.
This film is so underestimated... Its score is Morricone's best achievement since Once Upon a Time in America!
Much better than it's partner Red Planet (thank god I watched this second).
Nicely enjoyable, if a little straightforward and flawed.
Worth a watch if screwed space missions are your thing.
times when rotten tomatoes' critics scores were wrong. OBJECTIVELY wrong (lmao jk).
i only just noticed every poster…