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When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster, a rescue mission including astronauts Phil Ohlmyer, Commander Woody Blake, and Mars rescue specialist Dr. Terri Fisher is sent to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.
Adventure Drama - Mission to Mars is a science-fiction adventure about a manned
space flight to Mars. Fans of the genre may be most interested in the
technical detail and the special effects. Viewers more interested in
story elements may be interested in certain relationships, but other
plot details are not particularly important. Fans of director Brian
De Palma may also be interested in the effective scenes he is able to
create from space crises
PROFANITY: Mild and moderately frequent SEX/NUDITY: Mildly suggestive dialogue VIOLENCE: Two intense, graphic scenes DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of characters drinking beer ACTION: Tense adventures of astronauts in space COMEDY: A few tension-breaking one-liners
To be fair, Mission to Mars the film is not nearly as similar to 2001 as the trailers might lead you to fear. It's more alarming that it's similar to the cookie-cutter Hollywood approach to any story. The film focuses primarily on the aftermath of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2020, and a rescue mission sent to find out why they lost contact. Director Brian De Palma includes one typically dynamic 20-minute stretch of filmmaking, but he can't work up as much enthusiasm for the rest of the tedious script. This time around, he opts not to rip-off a master. This time around, it probably would have been a good idea.
The year is 2020 and NASA has made another giant leap for mankind—successfully landing a team of astronauts on Mars. However, shortly after their arrival on the Martian surface, Mission Commander Luke Graham (DON CHEADLE) and his colleagues encounter something bizarre, shocking and chilling that brings about a catastrophic and mysterious disaster which decimates the crew. Graham is able to send one hasty cryptic message back to Earth before his nightmare begins.
Haunted by the enigmatic last communication received from the ill-fated Mars One crew, NASA hurriedly prepares and launches a rescue mission to investigate the tragedy and bring back survivors—if any. Co-piloted by Commander Woody Blake (TIM ROBBINS) and Jim McConnell (GARY SINISE), with colleagues Dr. Tern Fisher (CONNIE NIELSEN) and scientist Phil Ohlmyer (JERRY O'CONNELL) on board, the astronauts set out on a heroic six-month journey to Mars.