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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

2 stars

The second Mars movie in the year 2000 and unfortunately it couldn't better the first offering 'Mission to Mars' but was actually a bit worse. Again I was kinda hoping for a serious slice of sci-fi with a possibility of some epic lavish visuals and ideas but this film goes completely in the oppersite direction and gives you a more action based silly affair, to be frank you can guess by looking at the cast line up. Kilmer, Sizemore, Bratt and Moss make up the space team this time and they do give a slightly better or less wooden performance than the team in 'MTM', you do get more of a grounded feeling from the characters instead of the perfect all American poster boy vibe you got with Sinise and Robbins in 'MTM'. Stamp heads the team to really try and give the film some gravitas but good old Terence can't quite get there, in fact his performance is the most stale of bunch oddly enough, I don't think space fits him too well. You get the same kind of orbital and planetary issues as you would expect, nothing too original, it all looks very nice though, the space suits and ships are cool and well designed and Mars is well presented. The plot is fun and makes you think but overall the film is highly unrealistic (much more than 'MTM' despite that films alien inclusion) but does give a more grounded line of thinking with alien life and how it could work. The problem I had with the film was the sub plot revolving around the man made robot 'AMEE', it just felt disappointing that one of the main risks to the crew would be a 'Terminator' style man made robot. In all honesty the film is fun and I quite like it, I like the whole space exploration concept and find it never gets dull and would welcome more films where teams explore our solar systems planets. It was a flop and I can see why, it starts off well but sinks fast into your average adventure, nothing outstanding, the 'Armageddon' of the two.

- phubbs1, Monday, March 12, 2012

3 stars

Tame sci-fi with not much of a story leaving the actors without much to work with.

- ApeneckFletcher, Monday, November 7, 2011

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