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2000s, Space Travel

The Red Planet (2000)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Chuck Pfarrer, Jonathan Lemkin (story Cuck Pfarrer)
Additional Info This outign cost $80 million and did not recover its costs.
Director Antony Hoffman
Starring Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker, Terence Stamp
Elevator Pitch A Mars expedition suffers from a radiation burst as it approaches the Red Planet, causing problems for the ship, and necessitating the premature landing by the exploration team, leaving the female captain on board. The ground crew are faced with death when they find their habitat has been destroyed; their air will run out, they have no food and they are being hunted by their robot assistant whose programming has gone awray. Meanwhile the ship must start on its return journey because its orbit is decaying.
Content The captain carries out a lot of technical stuff on the ship, and attempt to communicate with the men on the surface; the men on the surface stumble about, gradually seeing their numbers decrease. They make use of the technology already on the planet, including a Russian lander and must deal with the potential attacks from the predatory military robot.
A View This got a low approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes, but it was actually an earnest attempt to offer a more or less possible drama, making limited changes to what Mars has to offer. Later both Gravity and The Martian might be seen to have taken something from it. Confusion is avoided by having the names of the characters on the front of their space suits. A Sunday afternoon watch, even if you are not an SF fan.

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