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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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common sense

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

1 star

Red Planet is a below par Sci Fi where we follow a group of Astronauts to Mars to try and solve the problem of the dying Earth. The film starts well and builds suspense and intrigue and the whole Science vs Faith debate leaves us wondering what we may find. Unfortunately, Red Planet soon slips beyond the realms of believability as Killer Robots, flesh eating aliens and the heavily played on 'Space Janitor' are introduced. Val Kilmer does a good job and is likable as the Janitor who holds the mission together and Carrie-Anne Moss is always watchable, but everyone else is instantly forgettable including the scientist who turns schizo. Probably not as bad as some people make out but it doesn't do itself any favours. Overall you are left feeling disappointed as the build up promises much more than what is delivered. "This is it. That moment they told us in high school where one day, algebra would save our lives. "

- crunchbunch, Friday, February 18, 2011

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

3 stars

Mediocracy on Mars. Considering I expected it to blow though, that's not such a bad thing. The storyline isn't all that great, but the cast is decent enough and as are the special effects. A little more action and imagination sure wouldn't have hurt though. For this adds nothing to the sci-fi realm that we haven't seen and encountered before. My suggestion: go watch Total Recall instead. At least there the planet is a little more alive and exciting.

- CloudStrife84, Wednesday, July 6, 2011