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Sean Kelly
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posted 11-24-2000 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sean Kelly   Click Here to Email Sean Kelly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't waste your time - this movie is a conglomerate of every other sci-fi/mars film made to date - It has a cool robotic enemy, but again, aside from graceful acrobatics, nothing we haven't seen in the likes of Virus. Poor Kilmer pulled a Travolta!

Marc Flemming
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posted 11-26-2000 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc Flemming   Click Here to Email Marc Flemming     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a roll of the dice ... all great actors seem to deal out a dud every once in awhile.

How'd it stand up to the mediocre 'Mission to Mars'?

Thanks for the heads up.

- Marc

Sean Kelly
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posted 11-27-2000 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sean Kelly   Click Here to Email Sean Kelly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Warning: Plot Spoilers to follow

Well, if it means anything, Red Planet is more technically accurate, albeit far-fetched, than Mission to Mars. Mission to Mars breaks away from well-known scientific truths about the surface of Mars, making "the face" an actual Martian Alien artifact, etc. (The Face has long been proven to be every bit a naturally occurring geological phenomenon as the "canals", routinely, and inappropriately, personified by the more imaginative observers in various "astronomy" fields. Mission to Mars tries to explain the "missing link" in human evolution by combining a series loose consipiracy theories, folk lore and current basic unexplained grey areas (perfect place for a writer to get creative and try to remain grounded). Red Planet seems to have more of a future setting (is that amazing technology, or just another stupid Hollywood idea to make nice, form-fitting space suits? - with todays materials, such a suit would offer little protection or safety from the harsh outter environment (or lack thereof)) Aside from that, Red Planet ties together several prior "missions to mars" some factual, some fictitious and sticks to a plausible basis for the story. Because it came second, my official vote is that Red Planet is "just another average Mars flick", but it might be more appealing than Mission to Mars for those whose perception have not yet been tainted by M2M and have a keep eye for "keepin' it real".

Sean Kelly
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posted 11-27-2000 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sean Kelly   Click Here to Email Sean Kelly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh yeah and Red Planet fails to make my list of greatest sci-fi films (Blade Runner, Alien, Terminator...) because of cheap additions like gratuitous nude scenes (etc.) with Carrie-Anne Moss - don't get me wrong, Moss is cute and all in a nerdy, plain-Jane sorta way - but I don't need to see nipples in a film about Mars - that's what I go see Mission: Impossible 2 (and the likes) for. Ridley Scott had it right with Alien - Sigourney was down to her underwear in at least one scene, but it was presented innocently - not as some out-of-place sexual tension. The type of film-making seen in Red Planet will not win it awards for brilliance, and I can only hope that people will recognize this before dropping their dollars on it at the theater, only fortifying the studios' belief that such material is "what people want". No, really: we want better - you're just not giving us any options at this point.

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