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At Theaters: 11/10/2000 On Video: 3/27/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 239912
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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It's 2050, earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming Project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed.
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Romantic Adventure - Only those amused by decent visual effects and nothing else will find much to enjoy in this thoroughly unexciting thriller. Action fans will be disappointed; those looking for a solid story should look elsewhere. While violence and language are mild, children will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Val Kilmer AT FIRST SIGHT, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, THE SAINT
Tom Sizemore PLAY IT TO THE BONE, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD
Carrie-Anne Moss THE MATRIX
Benjamin Bratt TV'S - Law And Order
Simon Baker RIDE WITH THE DEVIL
Terrence Stamp WALL STREET
Director: Antony Hoffman Commercial Director
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About The Production
About The Visual And Sound Effects
Sets And Costumes
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Non-sexual nudity in silhouette.
VIOLENCE: Fights between humans and a robot.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Crashes and brief fights; an explosion.
COMEDY: Brief toilet humor.
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Poor
From Christopher Columbus to Wyatt Earp to Steve Prefontaine to the lambada (!), the track record for dueling Hollywood projects on the same subject has been less than stellar. With Warner Bros.' release of the second--and worst--of the year's Mars movies, Red Planet, Tinseltown has once again completed a tandem non-event. As ludicrous as Red Planet is, the copy writers at the WB publicity department actually one-up the makers of the film by pasting on a loud disclaimer at the top of the press notes that urges the media to not reveal the film's ending. This blurb would lead one to believe there's some big surprise in store, but perhaps the only shock up the film's sleeve is how closely it hews to everyone's formulaic expectations.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 125 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
Fairly High
92%
13-19Teens (F)
6
Fairly Low
50%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
34
Fairly Low
82%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
About 50/50
90%
30+Adults (M)
33
Fairly Low
78%
30+Adults (F)
29
Fairly Low
82%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I don't recall ever seeing opinions quite like this. There are very few real high opinions and very few real low opinions. Most of the opinions are "Good," and from our experience, this isn't a very high rating. This usually results in quite a few negative comments, which is true for this movie. This just wasn't a movie people enjoyed very much. If you're a fan of sci-fi, I would say this movie is certainly worth a rental, but everyone else should probably skip it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Mission Commander Kate Bowman (CARRIE-ANNE MOSS) is the pilot and commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race.

It's 2050, earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming Project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed: a crash-landing leaves them without scientific, communication or escape equipment, and causes their military mapping and exploration robot to malfunction into an enemy, relentlessly dedicated to breaking the team down. Defying orders from Houston, Bowman refuses to leave Gallagher (VAL KILMER), with whom she shares an intense emotional bond, and the others (TOM SIZEMORE, BENJAMIN BRATT, SIMON BAKER and TERENCE STAMP), and instead attempts to guide them back from above.

But as the landing team explores the harsh new planet desperately seeking a way out, they make the most terrifying and baffling discovery of all: Mars may be barren, but it's not uninhabited.

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