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Red Planet

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Houston, we have a very big problem! In the mid-21st century, the nations of a dying Earth look starward for a solution and set out to colonize Mars.

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PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Teens may enjoy this by-the-book space thriller.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that young teens will enjoy this by-the-book space mission thriller, but there are perilous situations and some mature content, so we recommend it for only the most mature in this group. Parents should be aware of some strong language, brief female nudity, and sci-fi violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the real-world explorations of Mars.

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- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Didn't like how it promoted the biggest hunk of bull ever in the form of evolution, but it was an enjoyable enough film. Saw it in the theater with my eldest brother and daddy.

- stormyweather980, Friday, September 11, 2009

2 stars

"Not A Sound. Not A Warning. Not A Chance. Not Alone." An effort to circumvent global catastrophe becomes a disaster in its own right in this science fiction thriller. In the year 2050, Earth is on the verge of ecological disaster, and the Mars Terraforming Project has been created in hopes of making our neighboring planet habitable so that a colony of Earthlings might begin a new civilization there. But the project goes awry, and Commander Kate Bowman (Carrie-Anne Moss) is put in charge of a rescue mission to set the system back on its feet. Bringing along astronaut Robby Gallagher (Val Kilmer) and scientists Dr. Quinn Burchenal (Tom Sizemore) and Dr. Bud Chantillas (Terrence Stamp), Bowman and her crew set out for Mars, but disaster strikes and the landing craft crashes into the red planet. The crew is stranded without communications as Bowman struggles to find a way to get them home; to make matters worse, the robot that was designed to serve and protect them has gone haywire, and is now attempting to hunt them down as prey. Red Planet was originally to have been released as Mars, but the producers changed the title to avoid confusion with Mission to Mars, released earlier the same year. Review From the very beginning, the script struggles with killing everybody off in a not too incredible manner in order for our heroes (who happen to be in love with each other) to return safe and merry. The actual point of the mission is fumbled up in some vague attempt striving towards action and can only be picked up if you're wearing magnifying glasses. Overall it's a pretty lame movie and if you're not into the whole Sci-fi genre with octagonal doors opening with a Star Trek inspired pssht sound, forget this one. For us Sci-fi fans, it's worth the time; perhaps not the money?

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Friday, November 28, 2008

2 stars

It's ok. Not a great movie but worth the watch if you are into scifi. Way better than Mission to Mars....

- superclerk25, Friday, April 25, 2008