Red Planet

2000, Village Roadshow Pictures

Yet another entry in the Martian-exploration-gone-wrong craze, Red Planet invokes in me the same frustration as the rest: considerable resources are invested in the plausible depiction of space exploration only to have the story devolve into a walking-dead, alien-monster or killer-bug waste byproduct. This one is marginally better than some others owing to half-decent performances. That's not to suggest it's time well spent—unless, like me, you fantasize about reworking the film into something believable and uplifting. Yeah, I know, just as effective and satisfying to beat my head against a wall.

 

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