Review Date: November 10, 2000
Director: Antony Hoffman
Writer: Chuck Pfarrer and Jonathan Lemkin
Producers: Bruce Berman, Mark Canton, Jorge Saralegui
Val Kilmer as Gallagher
Tom Sizemore as Burchenal
Carrie-Anne Moss as Bowman
Fortunately for us, that film actually had a bad guy, a charismatic lead and some nasty alien muthas. This movie has got a "robot" who is supposed to be scary, running around making some buzzing noises, plenty of shots of crew members switching and clicking buttons in the cockpit and some nasty bugs, who looked almost as CGI as the pathetic "alien" at the end of MISSION TO MARS. The actors were all decent, but a couple, like Tom Sizemore and Terence Stamp, seemed to be there simply to cash a paycheck. Kilmer was good, but I believe he already played that very same character in THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. But I suppose much of my disappointment with the film could've been resolved if they had actually spent some time building an interesting story or developing their characters, but neither aspect materializes here. The film was actually never boring for me, but neither was it ever exciting. And I'm not sure if this was just the theatre that I was in but damn, how about lowering the decibel level on some of those "crash" and "explosion" sequences? Jeez-Louise, my eardrums were about to bust out! A renter maybe, but nothing worth seeing in the theatres. This movie is yet another missed opportunity to build a great story around all of the mystery and unknown elements surrounding the red planet. This film had very little to do with Mars, even less to do with entertainment and contained yet another disposable sci-fi "romance". I certainly wouldn't qualify it as a horrible flick, watchable to be sure, but one which will undoubtedly be forgotten by most as they walk out of the theater.