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.
Made a deal with Andrew James of the Cinecast if I rewatched Mission to Mars he would rewatch Red Planet. Clearly, I got the short end of the stick. I have grown to like a handful of DePalma's films, and know all too well how inconsistent he is with the quality he puts out. I remember loathing this film when I saw it in the cinema; now, over a decade later, I am merely seething.
The film does a decent job of depicting Mars, more so than Red Planet, and it pleasures in the afterglow of Kubrick's 2001 with all of the play inside the spaceship. The script, however, is insufferable, eye-rolling on repeat insufferable. The difference between this and…
One of the few De Palma films I actually enjoy. And one of the most hated for some reason. I sort of admit it to be a guilty pleasure - I've always been a sucker for semi-believable space adventures (The Core, Pitch Black, Solaris, Red Planet, Sunshine). In fact, outside of some of the performances and dialogue, this movie is quite similar to Boyle's Sunshine in many respects.
It's obvious De Palma used Kubrick's 2001 as inspiration for some of the outside shots, though his minimalism could use a little work. But his fusion with some low-budget, sci-fi, B-movie elements of the 40s and 50s seems to really mesh nicely with the updated effects (that REALLY hold up well).
"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.
You have films that are cheesy-bad and you have films that are cheesy-good. This film, to me, clearly belongs to the latter.
Brian De Palma is a director who's films almost every single time ends up cheesy as hell, but there's some unexplainable cinematic joy to them. Mission To Mars feels like what would have happened if you had let Steven Spielberg direct the last part of 2001. Then it's not a bout depth, but about pure joy, silly and adventurous.
What we have here is not really a single plot, but a pastiche of plots that have been strung together into one long, mysterious and grandiose story line. There are some truly great moments in Mission to Mars. This should not be too surprising with the wonderful cast, big budget, and talented production team.
Upon its 2000 release, I was one of the few defenders of MISSION TO MARS. My long standing affection for the films of Brian De Palma, coupled with my fondness for ideas based SF, seemingly inoculating me against the script's flaws and the dearth of a good acting performance.
I've not returned to the film in the intervening years and perhaps that was a blessing as it's hard to ignore the problems MISSION TO MARS has. The script is leaden with unconvincing 'soap opera' dialogue and a talented cast collectively fail to convey any emotional drama. Besides leading man, Gary Sinise looks disconcertingly odd in this film. This invariably means your attention wanders off into strange thoughts about why his…
somewhere along the way, someone said, "man, wouldn't it be awesome if we made a sci-fi movie where these astronauts go to mars and there's a giant sandstorm that reveals a human face and they have to investigate what it is?!" and someone else said, "oh, that's a great idea! let me get my friend bobby to write the script!" but bobby is a 12-year-old kid and botches it completely.
basically, what i'm trying to say is that i like the idea behind this movie, but it takes an hour and twenty minutes for it to get going and get to the point. the point of this film isn't the rescue mission; it's finding the face on mars, so why…
Started getting real goofy around the half way point
german dub's not as good.
takes away the atmosphere a bit. if you know what I mean.
I love DePalma movies but this one is so bad. I guess this is how most filmgoers watch DePalma movies that I actually enjoy.
As much as I am disappointed by this film, it's still way better than "Prometheus".
The visual effects are stunning, the performances, especially Cheadle's, are solid, but the script undermines everything. The banality of the title is an indication of the kind of mindset that produced this film - don't go into this film looking for subtext...
Or, as I like to call it, Mission to Cheese. This is one of the bad Brian DePalma rip-off movies (the main victims here: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Apollo 13), not one of the good ones.
25% on Rotten Tomatoes? What a nice surprise.
I saw MISSION TO MARS for the very first time very late last night and when I woke up I seriously thought I dreamt the whole thing. That's how weird that movie is. Weird in a way that on paper it was most definitely meant to be a children's film to inspire them to think about the space exploration, life on other planets and so on, but De Palma seemed to be interested in mostly as an exercise in style. Well, visually most of it still is pretty amazing and the way he stages all the main set-pieces is almost unlike anything else I have seen in the genre. I also appreciated the weird and kind of random casting choices…
De Palma was clearly asking himself why he didn't make Apollo 13 while he was making Mission Impossible and Snake Eyes, because most of this movie is just his version on that. However, his fictional melodrama can't compare to the real drama of that film. Call me crazy however, I much prefer De Palma's loving obsession with aliens and his devotion of 5 minutes of screen time to the crew finding a hole in their craft while Ennio Morricone's impressive score plays to more realistic, well-received space-based features like Sunshine and Europa Report.