seems like they just wanted to do some sort of sci-fi movie.
The only villain is a malfunctioning army
robot that is on site for no reason.
Took me a while, but this is sort of like
the semi-fantasy film The Black Hole that Disney put out 20 years ago.
In sum total, I like the people in this
better than in that stupid Mission To Mars debacle
earlier this year, but God help me, what this could have been! And M2M at least
gave some semblance of payoff.
This crap is only for sci-fi fans who need a
fix and something to carp about.
Though I am sure it seemed pretty
intimidating to the produciton crew, director and film executives, it has the
same relative posture compared to what a sci-fi film should be as the social
commentary of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" has to "American
Beauty" (of which the former, though it is tame indeed by today's
standards, is the superior film).
Get serious about sci-fi and it will pay
Other than that, I liked it just
- More people on this mission.
- A multitude of probes and sensors on
- Radios in their suits capable of
reaching the orbiter
- Weapons on the crew
- Evidence of life crawling around -
little tracks and such
- Explanations for why two crew members
are at each other's throats
- Reasons for the total destruction
of the habitat (little chewing things could not do that kind of damage)
- Any shots of ground control
- Real conflicts among the crew
- Shots of the falling crew member's body
after the plunge
- Sensors to tell them what the O2 level
is on the planet
- Geo-positioning satellites above mars
- The crew members killed immediately by
- More of these intelligent robots
dispatched to the surface of Mars instead of people
- The sexual tensions registered in the
first days of the trip instead of 180 days out
- The crewmembers enlightened about sex as
everyone seems to think we all will be in fifty years
- The crewmembers acting like
- Crewmembers living in the present
instead of flashing back to things they learned just a few days before and
nodding in their clished filmic realization of the truth they just absorbed to
make sure we get it too
- There already outposts on Mars
- There wars on Earth if things are so bad
- Filmmakers learning a Goddamed thing
about making science fiction film from the whole great history of the genre as
in brief supported by Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Forbidden
Planet, 2001, Star Wars and Aliens?