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Issue: Summer 2000-1

Red Planet movie review

Cmdr Kate Bowman (Carrie Anne Moss) is leading a mission to Mars. Her ship has a small crew, each with his own special interests and skills. There's even a maintenance man (Val Kilmer)to look after the guts of the ship.

On the way to Mars there are discussions on metaphysics and religion and near-encounters in the unisex showers. It's a science fictional trip in a glossy space ship. Until they get to Mars.

When they arrive at Mars in really well choreographed moments the ship is under threat and the Commander must send her men to the surface of the planet in a life pod. They will then travel to the habitat that was sent before them to start the process of colonisation.

Movie poster, Red Planet; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Red Planet
Not A Sound. Not A Warning. Not A Chance. Not Alone.

All does not go well and Bowman from her ship and the crew on the surface must find a way to survive.

This is an excellent science fiction ride. Your humble reviewer got a bit tired of the religion, but otherwise the film moved along nicely and the characters interacted in a believable way.

I don't know about the science, but the fiction was great. Recommended.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 7 December 2000
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See also: Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, ); Val Kilmer (Deja Vu)

Just the facts:

Title: Red Planet (2000)
Written by: Chuck Pfarrer (story, scr), Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay)
Directed by: Antony Hoffman
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The Players: Carrie-Anne Moss, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker, Terence Stamp

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