"So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it's one of the…
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.
"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.
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…
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…
Film 8/30 of Scavenger Hunt 17
Task #27: A film with music composed by Ennio Morricone
Well, at least the Ennio Morricone score was decent.
To quote a great critic named Jeremy Jahns, "I will forget this movie in T-Minus, 1 Day."
It's that boring, folks.
I guess I have to give the film some credit as some of the plot ideas, like the colonization of Mars, an astronaut stranded on said planet, and a rescue mission to save this guy definitely gave inspiration for Ridley Scott's The Martian; if only Mission to Mars was an interesting and entertaining as the latter. What's left besides so-so CGI work and decent performances from Don Cheadle and Tim Robbins are dull…
I really wanted to spend this review denying that this was directed by Brian De Palma.
There I was all set to blame it on Paul WS Anderson (remember, the 'WS' stands for Well Shit), who may have blackmailed De Palma into taking the fall for it or something because that's the kind of thing the bastard would do, but I can't do it. There are too many clues that this is definitely a De Palma.
He might have gotten away with it if there weren't loads of full circle shots and from below reaction shots, but they are there and there's no escaping the fact that he really did direct this. Oh Brian. What the fuck happened here. Pretty…
I have to do an about-face here (my grade has jumped about 60 points from my first viewing). I simply didn't "get it" the first time. The movie's rampant sincerity, which felt like some kind of substitute for action to me the first time, now feels wholly appropriate (even the crying alien works for me now, since it seems like a mode of communication than an expression of emotion). I see on the IMDB that the film's tagline is "Let There Be Life." The rampant sperm and egg cell symbolism could have revealed that, if I was paying attention to it my first time through. The movie is a grand celebration and investigation of human progress and a meditation about…
The earnestness of Mission to Mars was bound to rub people the wrong way back in the early 2000s, but I think it's rather refreshing to experience years later, especially in this spiritually deficient age of Hollywood moviemaking. The dialogue is mawkish and Morricone's score is occasionally overbearing, but there are moments of real awe and wonder peppered throughout the film, including an antigravity tour of the space vessel and some memorable imagery of our astronauts tethered together as they float towards a module. The film is unafraid to lather on some heavy pseudoscience in its third act, yet the message - one of universal connectedness and the importance of exploration, is something that I admire - not only for its thematic resonance but also for De Palma's willingness to get a little weird in the last twenty minutes or so of the movie's runtime.
Gary Sinise has a revelation about extraterrestrial life that involves plain MnMs. I appreciate that.
Brian De Palma's Deep Space Homer
“It can be said with certainty that any reviewer who pans [Mission to Mars] does not understand movies, let alone like them,” declared Armond White in 2000. While perhaps an over-corrective to the critical drubbing the film had just received, there’s nonetheless a grain of truth in his statement. Far from being a pale imitation of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as many reviewers accused, Mission to Mars actively deflates its predecessor’s misanthropy and grandeur – on one level, it’s a lavish, epic-scale lark from a director who’s often been as much a satirist as a craftsman.
Watched this one back just after it came out and I only remembered one scene (about an hour in). I genuinely remembered NOTHING about the final act and now it is clear why. What is a very enjoyable film up to there, nosedives terribly in the last half an hour. Still, worth it for the stuff until there.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A good time. There are some very good things in this film. DePalma puts together some nice suspenseful moments, very reminiscent of Hitchcock. A lot of this film reminds me of the bead of sweat which Tom Cruise catches with his hand while suspended in mid-air in MI. And then, explosions of excitement and tension - the surprise: when a pebble goes through Jerry O'Connell's hand like a bullet. And a lot of moments you don't want to see: Tim Robbins' suicide, unrelenting. Then Sinise's voice print not working. The screens all going dead on the Mars 1 ship. When Robbins overshoots the ship, he reaches out, very much like James Stewart in Rear Window, falling to what we think…
It seems that De Palma found it necessary to leave Earth to find a home for unabashed optimism. Mission to Mars isn't necessarily any more sentimental or melodramatic than many of the director's other works, but there's certainly a tone of hope and humanism that feels like a bold departure from his career and the contemporary science fiction genre.
Unfortunately, the same far reaches of space that clearly bring De Palma a sense of wonder, joy, and hope prove to be rather limiting in the filmmaker's aesthetic. The distant world of space is a CGI-ridden and extremely color-graded environment that consistently works against the director's formal strengths.
The lack of three-dimensional and concrete "space" leads to awkward framing, inorganic staging,…
Eine absolute Katastrophe, voll mit Logik löchern, Physikalischen Unmöglichkeiten und Widersprüchen, einer Miserablen Schauspielleistung und einer absolut beschissenen Synchro!
Wer auch immer das Drehbuch geschrieben hat, hatte absolut keinen Plan was er da tut....
This list smells of poo.
Again, I've reviewed most of these, behind list view and that.