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At Theaters: 8/24/2001 On Video: 12/4/2001
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 33 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 329906
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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 young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Natasha Henstridge DOG PARK, SPECIES II
Ice Cube NEXT FRIDAY, THREE KINGS, THE PLAYERS CLUB
Jason Statham LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS
Pam Grier BONES, JACKIE BROWN
Clea Duvall GIRL INTERRUPTED, THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE
Director: John Carpenter JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES
Producer: Sandy King JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Gory shootings and assorted killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drug use.
ACTION: Shootouts and fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Below Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
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.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
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 the Aliens.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
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.''

Newsday  Full Review
Below Average "Surprisingly lackluster space adventure from the usually energetic Carpenter. This is arguably the horror/sci-fi director's most routine movie."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 88 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
High
93%
13-19Teens (F)
3
High
66%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
Fairly Low
73%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Very Low
30%
30+Adults (M)
29
Low
41%
30+Adults (F)
20
Low
45%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

BAD, VERY BAD! That's what moviegoers are saying with these LOW OPINIONS. The only ones who stand a chance of enjoying this movie are young teen males.

There were a few that enjoyed it and they commented that they like John Carpenter's style of moviemaking.

I haven't seen moviegoer opinions this low in some time. SKIP THIS MOVIE! It's not even worth a matinee.


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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.

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