A secret mission on the surface of Mars leads to a cosmic struggle between a dwindling team of space explorers and an unknown life form. The crew of the Tantalus Base is wrapping up the first manned mission to Mars when one astronaut discovers fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Determined to get credit for the historic find, the astronaut defiantly ventures out to collect more samples despite strict orders to remain on the ship. When the ground seems to swallow him whole, the remaining crew launch a rescue mission that leads to yet another mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, with the relief ship Aurora drawing near, it begins to appear as if the life form discovered by the Tantalus Base crew is far from dead, and should it somehow find its way back to planet Earth, humankind's days could be numbered. Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams, Elias Koteas, and Johnny Harris star.~Jason Buchanan
One more movie set on Mars which just doesn't quite work. This film borrows heavily from several other space exploration movies with a little bit of zombie action thrown in. The visuals are good enough, but there is a been there & seen that feel to most of the film with the cliche of smart people acting really dumb. Liev Schreiber is as good as he can be with such a 1 dimensional character. Fun enough if your expectations are fairly low.
I enjoy all types of Sci-Fi movies, the good and sometimes the bad especially if it involves outer space travel. This movie was just ok for me; it had a few exciting moments, however it did not fulfill all of my fantasies. It is however, part of my collection and I will view it again after I have forgotten the story-line. The story line could have gained more traction if it involved the actual return to earth with the unknown virus and perhaps even tied it into the "living dead" movies that seem to explode in recent movies.
Okay so it becomes another zombie survivalst movie. But it is done well and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Another what happens when man pushes the boundaries outside of earth. Somewhat new twist on what causes the people to degenrate into zombie like creatures and then go rampaging to suck the water out of other humans on Mars. Yes, you guessed it a virus/bacteria type infection. Twist is they die and the bacteria reanimates them and uses them as a host vessel to move to other feeding grounds. Classic SciFi story convention. Liev Schreiber rules the movie. Other characters are intersting if not cliched.
I found it entertaining. As one who falls asleep to movies every night (god bless the sleep timer), I managed to watch this all the way through. I fall asleep during great movies from time to time, so that says something. They do a great job in completing a good number of story arcs out of the total amount of story arcs introduced to keep interest up, especially considering the budget that this film had. Good effects, workable story, 2 hours entertained.
I bought this Bluray because it was on sale. I enjoyed movies like Moon and Mission to Mars and this was enjoyable like those. Acting was good(I like Live), special effects were good but the story wasn't that great. Like I said, it was ok. It kept you involved and was worth watching. Don't think I will watch it again so rent it before you buy it.
My boyfriend had been talking about this movie for a while now. Every year I have him make a birthday wish list of things he wants for his birthday, and this movie was in the top 5 items on the (long) list he gave me. So I bought it for him and he was thrilled. He has already watched it twice and is insisting I watch it with him. He loves it and recommends it to friends.