Mission to Mars (2000)

 


 

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When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors. Full summary »

Genre: Adventure,Drama,Sci-Fi,Thriller

Mission to Mars (2000)
   
Release Date: 10 March 2000 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast:
  • Gary Sinise
  • Tim Robbins
  • Don Cheadle
  • Connie Nielsen
  • Jerry O'Connell
  • Peter Outerbridge
  • Kavan Smith
  • Jill Teed
  • Elise Neal
  • Kim Delaney
  • Marilyn Norry
  • Freda Perry
  • Lynda Boyd
  • Patricia Harras
  • Robert Bailey Jr.


33 Responses to Mission to Mars (2000)

  1. AxRhea88
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    I already have a list, can anyone add on to this list?

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2010

    Sunshine

    Moon

    Red Planet

    Any other good movies I could see? I like space movies a lot.

  2. patrick5020
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    I wasn’t sure. I know there was a disney ride called Mission to mars do the movie and the ride have anything in common?

  3. nebula-1
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    I don’t understand the movie trashing haters, I really don’t. The quasi high-brow, I have taste and you don’t attitude (or substitute intelligence if you wish) is so childish.

    Movies are entertainment, that’s all. A “good” movie is one you like or enjoy. A “bad” movie is one you don’t like or enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Period! Movies are made to appeal to different people. One man’s mead is another man’s poison. Likewise, people’s comments about movies are on the same level. They can be interesting and entertaining whether or not you agree with them. And debate can be enjoyable. But I doubt the level of some people’s education (or memory) when they don’t know the rules of civilized debate. Is it really so important to insult and put others down because they don’t agree with you?

    Get over it already, they’re just movies.

  4. XxSourCherryxX
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    Years ago, probably around 2000/2001 I remember watching a film with my mother, sister and uncle about people going to Mars and I think there was some sort of storm that killed them in some gruesome way.

    That’s basically all I remember of the film but this title sounds really familiar so if this is it please let me know as the identity of the film has been driving me insane for years.

    Thanks

    Deschanel Sisters Fan!

  5. dario_van_kuschn
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    with Mission to Mars and Red Planet pretty much killing it for Mars, don’t you think it’s a shame there probably won’t be decent Mars movie untill we land there? In recent years, there were so many discoveries made about the planet, but there is no way someone will make a good movie about any of it, because after the year 2000, no one would go see a movie about Mars…

  6. flunk-1
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    How many other Alien have mad a screen entrance and you laughed? Is this the poorest effort yet?

  7. trimtab
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    I’ve been watching SciFi movies for about 45 years and grew up the son of a professional pianist. So, I’ve been listening to music for even longer than that. And this movie’s soundtrack has to be the worst I’ve ever heard for a movie of this type.

    When people die, the music should fit the moment. This music has no emotional connection to the listener… for a reason I cannot put my finger on.

    I have found a professional analysis of this movie’s soundtrack here…

    http://www.filmtracks.com/titles/mission_mars.html

    It explains what bothers me so much this way…

    "The score, in its sum, sounds very much like something you heard in a space exhibit at a theme park in the 1960’s (or perhaps early 70’s). Its genuine, but restrained sense of wonder is conveyed by extremely smooth lines of melody that are intentionally jarred by awkward, dissonant counterpoint and instrumentation that reminds of cheap, 60’s fantasy scores. Unfortunately, space travel has rarely been so dull…

    …it’s difficult not to become irritated with Morricone’s extremely dated sound for the movie. The light touch to his suite-like cues of thematic development for the beginning and end of the film is aided by instrumental accents that work in some cases (such as the electric guitar in "A Heart Beats in Space" to revive a slight Western frontier feeling) and fail badly in others (including most of the synthetic elements, led by obnoxious electronic oboe and harpsichord). The pacing of these cues conveys no sense of weight or importance; Morricone’s extremely frail thematic development in the first three cues on album gives you the sense that space travel and the discovery of alien life is a breezy trifle that should lightly occupy the fancy of people without any hysteria or wonder. The lack of awe is the single killing element in this score. Morricone tries so hard to provide a hazy, other-worldly set of sounds in his pleasant themes and restrained performances that he completely sucks all life out of the event."

    There’s more analysis at the link I’ve provided, but this gets to the core of the problem. This score "sucks all life out of the event".

  8. preecejon
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    ok, i really like this movie and think its underated. yes the soundtrack sucks but the idea is a great one. my main gripe with this movie is the scen where tim robbins has to die. they could either…

    send out one person with the remaining 2 team members jet packs (tim robbins easily took his off, why couldnt the rest do this!?)

    or

    his wife could have used a little of her fuel, used the hook shot, got tim, got as far back as possible and then been collected by one of the other 2 using their remaining fuel!

    they really rush into giving tim up when it doesnt weven seem like they should be in a hurry!

    arrrgghhh!!!

  9. thedarkknighteh
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    ….

  10. shane-305
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    Ok I know you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy most sci-fi films, but this one required a bit too much of me. I’m not an actual scientist in the occupational sense of the word, but still I couldn’t help but notice a few things.

    Not in order of appearance:

    (1) Tim Robbins removing his face mask and nearly instantly freezing/dessicating. Well…people HAVE been exposed to space, and though damn sucky you don’t freeze quickly at all, and you don’t pop. The following link is from NASA. I suspect they might know about this.

    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970603.html

    (2) The engine ignites frozen fuel floating in space. Fuel needs oxygen to burn, the fuel in spacecraft is mixed with oxygen that is kept seperate from the fuel (most liquid types anyway). Thus it would not have exploded. And even if by some chance the liquid fuel was mixed with liquid O2 it would have burned, not exploded because it was uncontained. Even if it DID explode, it wouldn’t have done much as there was no medium for the blast to travel through; space is without air. The gas created by the explosions would be nigh inconsequential.

    (3) Ok this is the one that really annoyed me. Jerry O’Connell creates a 3d model of DNA with M&Ms that rotates around an invisible center. Try this at home. Move /any/ object in a circle as fast and as many times as you like, then let it go. Did it continue to move in a circle? Of course not, it flew off in a straight line. Just because there is no gravity to pull the M&M’s down doesn’t mean they can now just magically move in circular orbits around nothing.

  11. Devil_Incarnate
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    …really *beep* if they find evidence of life on mars? im not a christian but i was flicking through tv channels one night and came accross a mars documentry, it mentioned that life on mars would cause trouble for christianity’s version of the creation of the world or something like that

    "GOD DAMN! That’s A *beep* Good Milkshake" – Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction

  12. creatorof2002
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    They cant get people on the moon anymore and they will never be able to land anyone on mars they are pathetic.

  13. Diplodocus55
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    Mine would be "Have some more pancakes, Professor Gallaway, wherever you are." It would be so absurd and random and would bewilder everyone–but nonetheless those would be the 1st words spoken on this hypothetical planet and the people would have no choice but to insert it into the history books.

  14. lokimask20
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    I tried to buy into the "atmosphere" that this film was trying to convey but it was marred by cheesy dialogue and below average acting (even for Tim Robbins) although it was enjoyable in parts.

    A plus side was that it had Kavan Smith who’s later claim to fame was the more superior Stargate Atlantis.

  15. robhumanick
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    A damn fine list, if you ask me, and no, I haven’t seen everything on it (maybe half). It’s a little broad, with eleven of us having voted on it, but I’ve just got my Netflix selection for the next six months.

    http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/feature/best-of-the-aughts-film/216

  16. daddio_rc
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    seriously. the eyeliner.. the weird hairdo. all he needed to do was say "i hate the world" one time.

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    "I’M IDAHO!!" – Ralph Wiggum

  17. Ricochet84
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    You should be ashamed to have this piece of junk on your side.

    Death will come on swift wings…to whomsoever opens this chest!

    -Dr. Allen Chamberlain

  18. yshen33
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    Although I should point out that the movie constantly made the error of making left handed double stranded helix (Human and most organisms are right handed). Otherwise, I really found this movie enjoyable. Too bad it wasn’t longer and showed us what happened after Jim arrived at the new alien planet.

  19. mr-peckerwood
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    So many parts of this movie are totally unbelievable and impossible.

    Good science fiction should be somewhat believable, but this is not. Living on Mars in a tent which somehow has enough oxygen, even though it looks like it leaks like crazy. I like how they calmly stand there while this unknown force whips up dust and come after them. This movie was made in 2000 and expects us to be capable of living on Mars by 2020? Very optimistic.

  20. wildpeckinpah
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    Cheadle, Robbins, Sinise, and a competent director. What went wrong?

    Aha! The story. This trash was written by the same idiots who brought us Predator 2, Aliens vs. Predator and Wild Wild West.

    Conclusion? Without a good story/script, what follows is garbage. (Aliens IV is a perfect example)

  21. myndchanger
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    I started watching what I thought was an adventure film and I’m getting a lot of making out. Is this really how astronauts spend their time? This movie is boring. Oh look they pried themselves apart to do an actual job. This movie has 10 more of my minutes.

  22. widlasl
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    I have read most of all the posts and have review them and the movie myself.

    And although my review is also reflected in parts in many of the other comments posted, I had to get this one off of my mind.


    First of I had very high hopes – with the story, the very excellent cast, and even the director (who has had big hits and big misses)

    First the good

    The filming was amazingly very well done – both from a very stunning visual sense and a scientific perspective (for the most part)

    Many of the scenarios are smashing good. Great action

    A few ideas are presented to their situations and amazingly in the vast improbably of space they just might make a go of it. Yeah gang, go go.

    Next the bad

    The story was very very lightly presented "are they on a holiday with the kids, attitude?" – no serious pre or post "historic space travel atmosphere" at all – "or is just a day at the park when a few things go wrong’Even then it seems that these expert scientist have forgot what they can do, most of the time it seems like they have actually sent a few folks that they found wandering around the city.

    The KILLER of this film is not the direction, the lack of a deeper story, nor the amazing coincidences that really make up the most of the film.

    It is fact the horridly inappropriate musicial score that accompanies all the action and events that transpire though out the film – Fails Exceptionally – The score is totally incompatible with what is happening – If this film was done in the thirties – we could laugh at it – but this is the killer for me. I can actually watch this film much better with the sound off and the subtitles on. Sad to say.

    The musical score is as or more important to what is going on visually on the scren; as it is supposed to be "in the back ground","hidden as it where" in most SC-FI flicks and all others films. And of course loudly pushing the action parts.

    Here the score totally distracts from what is visually being presented.

    Ennio Morricone played this like was "Snow White". Really !!! I kid you not.

    Vangelis or Giorgio Moroder would have gotten the music behind the story, as the musical score is supposed to do. (Only to name a few composers)

    …Sorry, I would have really have like to have enjoyed this Film (the subject, the actors,etc), instead it hurts, even after a number of viewings – first on VHS and then DVD – I got fooled into hoping that there might have been an improvement from one format to the other – no story. Sadly

    THe Lukker

  23. Fitvideo
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    If she had ceased overdramaticising and just done it, there would have been more than enough time to have saved Woody (Tim Robbins)…

    Lots of pontificating then actually doing something about it …Brian De Palma sadly got that wrong throughout…

    Too late , the maiden cried …

    I was soo angry I bought this at considerable expense on DVD when it first came out .. 20 GBP? Ouch …

    I suppose ot is a sort of collectors item now …

    regards

    Fitvideo

  24. excel99
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    My God how he sucks!

    What happened? He used to be great! Did he get kicked in the head by a horse circa 1997?

    I mean, there is just no excuse for this crap! The cheesiest SF from the 50s would put this film to shame!

  25. Anonymous
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  26. falcon158
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    I’m curious to know how they filmed the scene inside the rotating work area (similar to the 2001: A Space Odyssey shot) where Jerry O’Connell is walking around the various work areas. Anyone have a clue?

  27. grrrdevin
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    Funny that a PG-rated film could have one of the most disturbing death scenes in the history of film.

    "I’ve been living on toxic waste for years, and I’m fine. Just ask my other heads!"

  28. garvint
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    no one else has mentioned in the blogs on imdb the strong anti Christian message in mission to mars.

    The Alian suggests to Gary Sinese that life in fact had evolved from mammals over millions of years.

    However if you read the good book the Bible in fact explains that life was created by God with Adam and Eve.

    This is damming what we have learnt in the last 2000 years. Barstards.

  29. samkay1
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    this or Red Planet?

    Say ten Hail Marys, five Our Fathers, and the Gillian’s Island theme

  30. riveroserik
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    if anyone has that plays at the end of the movie, when sinise goes to mars and the crew heads home, i think it’s ‘all friends’ by ennio morricone and could email it to me, i’d love you

    [email protected]

    he’d roll over on his mommy, his daddy, his two panty granny and the *beep* king of siam

  31. srinivasgupta_65
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    Was it really eyeliner? I thought he also wore lipstick.

  32. charlesadams1
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    Think about this? If we had the same DNA as the Martians how come they had 3 fingers and we have 4? Or their skin is red and ours is pink (or brown or yellow or black depending on who you are)?

  33. Anonymous
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