ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – G – Mission to Mars (2000) Movie Review

This is under G because of Gary Sinise.

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas, Graham Yost (Screenplay) Lowell Cannon, Jim Thomas, John Thomas (Story)

Starring: Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen, Jerry O’Connell, Peter Outerbridge

Plot: When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting an unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.


Tagline – Getting there was the easy part.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mission to Mars starts when Luke Graham (Cheadle) first manned mission to Mars takes a turn for the worst, with everyone losing contact with him, leading to a rescue mission being put together with Woody (Robbins), Terri (Nielsen), Phil (O’Connell) and recovering astronaut Jim McConnell (Sinise).

With the new crew following the book, they too find themselves in need of rescue, as the two crews look to get to the bottom of the mystery about what has been happening on Mars.

Thoughts on Mission to Mars

ThoughtsMission to Mars is a sci-fi adventure movie that keeps the science behind the travel simple, the mission, just being about setting up a base camp, doing research, nothing complicated, only with the events of what happens, being the driving force of the story. The idea that people would want to recover data from an incident does make sense, as it would mean the same mistakes won’t happen again. Being like this, certain bigger moments do feel like they are kept from being cinematic, which is both good and bad thing, as it could leave the story going either way depending on the audience. The mystery about what happened on Mars is the most interesting, as it all goes in a very strange direction, one not everyone would have seen coming. We do have a great cast here with Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle and Connie Nielsen making the most of their time to shine, while giving grounded performances to what is happening. This is a film that might not ever hit the heights of other sci-fi movies with the action, but the slower approach gives us something fresh to watch.

Final Thoughts Mission to Mars is a great logical look at human history through one mission.

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