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.
Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.
In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves.Written by
Only Santen's first name is mentioned in the film. All the rest are to be found in the DVD extras. See more »
(at around 1h 18 mins) After Gallagher retrieves the radio from Pettengill, he tries calling Bowman with no result. He says Mars 1 may still be on the night side of Mars. It is clearly night, so Mars 1 should be in range. See more »
Commander Kate Bowman:
By the year 2000 we had begun to over populate, pollute, and poison our planet faster than we could clean it up. We ignored the problem for as long as we could. But we were kidding ourselves. By 2025, we knew we were in trouble. And began to desperately search for a new home - Mars.
Commander Kate Bowman:
For the last 20 years we've been sending unmanned probes with algae, bio-engineered to grow there and produce oxygen. We're going to build ourselves an atmosphere we can breathe. And for 20 ...
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In the credits, Pettengill is spelled Pettengil (one "l"). See more »
A Thousand Years
Written by Sting and Kipper
Published by Magnetic Publishing Ltd.
Administered by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./Diverse Music Ltd.
Administered by BMG Songs, Inc.
Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records
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You've most likely read lots of negative reviews by now, and for the most part I agree with them.
I have seen some attempts to put a positive spin on this film by declaring it "accurate science fiction". Could this be an attempt to justify money spent on a spectacularly bad film? I think so.
Luckily, my version was taped from HBO. So I don't feel too bad about sitting through over an hour of computer voices that never shut up and sound like early macintosh text-to-speech programs. Even after wishing and hoping and praying and crossing my fingers, the computer voices never said "In an effort to save you time, which is the main purpose of computers, please append the phrase 'is malfunctioning' to each of the following: the ship, the artificial gravity, the oxygen system, the blacklight system, oh to hell with it... commencing poorly orchestrated rock music soundtrack sequence."
That's right! The blacklight system! It's a good thing the blacklight system was put on board, otherwise all those flashy neon colors would have never showed up on film properly.
I promise I'll stop nitpicking soon, but let me ask you this:
Let's say you're going to mars... Your main purpose on mars involves the atmosphere. You can only bring one of the following, which do you choose?
A) Some sort of instrument to analyze the atmosphere. B) A crazy robot attack dog. C) The one and only attractive female between here and earth.
I know what you're thinking, bring the attractive female! But alas, they leave her behind, and must have forgotten "A" as well, bringing only the crazy robot attack dog.
I will spare you further details. I suggest that instead of watching this movie you:
1) Wait for Rendezvous With Rama (Morgan Freeman, David Fincher, need I say more?) to come out sometime in the next few years.
2) Keep your science fiction craving mind busy until then by reading "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson, which absolutely blows recent sci-fi movies away.
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