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The Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long-dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders.
Sci-Fi Action - Loyalists of director John Carpenter and non-discriminating action
fans are most likely to get some amusement from this sci-fi
thriller. Older viewers and those demanding more than mayhem will
be disappointed. Graphic violence makes the film inappropriate for
Below Average "This
motion picture is a combination of sloppy movie-making and poor storytelling. It
uses pyrotechnics to fill the vacuum created by an underwritten screenplay,
non-existent character development, and a lack of genuine suspense.''
Good "a brawny space opera, transplanting the
conventions of Western, cop and martial arts films to the Red Planet. As waves
of zombified killers attack the heroes, actions scenes become shooting
galleries. All basic stuff, and yet Carpenter brings pacing and style to it.
"Ghosts of Mars" delivers on its chosen level and I enjoyed it, but I
wonder why so many science-fiction films turn into extended exercises in Blast
Below Average "Bad enough that the plot is shopworn,
but the tough-gal talk is unintentionally hilarious, and the complicated
narrative structure is annoying and pointless: Not since THE HILLS HAVE EYES II
(1985) have so many flashbacks been employed to so little effect. If this were
"Bob Jones's Ghosts of Mars," it would have gone direct to video —
the appropriate showcase for its cheesy charms.''
Review Below Average "Surprisingly lackluster space adventure from the
usually energetic Carpenter. This is arguably the horror/sci-fi director's most
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Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long-dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders.
Lt. Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) of the Martian Police Force is on transport assignment to bring James "Desolation” Williams (Ice Cube), the planet's most notorious criminal, to justice. Williams has no plans to make Ballard's job easy, and what begins as a battle of force and wits between cop and criminal soon turns into something more fundamental: a battle for human survival in the realm of the Martian warriors. It's civilization against civilization as Ballard and Williams join forces in mortal combat with the Ghosts of Mars.