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Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars

2000
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 54m
The extraordinary story of the astronauts of the Mars Recovery Mission, the nearly insurmountable dangers that confront the heroic crew on their journey through space, and the amazing discovery they make when they finally reach Mars. (Touchstone Pictures)
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Mission to Mars

2000
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 54m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
18
10th
Starts out like it might be a decent film but ends up using aliens instead of actually coming up with an interesting storyline. Stupid situations created for crew members to die in an attempt to create tear-jerking audience reactions only end up making the movie seem like low-brow trash. Stay away. Stay far, far away.
Rated 16 Dec 2006
15
3rd
This movie wants to be 2001: A Space Odyssey, but instead it just sucks. It revels in every "space movie" cliche in the book; all the parts that are supposed to be tense are boring, and all the parts that are supposed to be emotional are laughable; the dialogue is cringe-worthy, making the normally competent if rather dull cast look like buffoons; the scientific elements of the movie are total nonsense; the end is tripe. I can't believe this crap got made.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
58
36th
I enjoyed it more than I should have. I'm incredibly interested in space exploration and I still think this is pretty mediocre. I was amazed by it when I was younger, but viewing it again a lot of the magic was gone. I wouldn't recomend this film.
Rated 29 Mar 2021
60
34th
Dr Pepper the official soft drink of Mars. I hate how crazy a movie about a husband and wife crew going to Mars could've been from DePalma in the 80s. Scott Glenn just hung dong on the Martian service before it was cool. This is just an okay space romp which is disappointing as hell from DePalma.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
17
3rd
The absurd plot, insane ending, and pointless deaths of many characters are only a few reasons why this film not only fails to entertain, but comes off as down right poorly made, even though it had all the markings of a high budget film, such as good actors and above average special effects. Utter crapulence!
Rated 20 Dec 2012
40
28th
It's like someone combined 2001 and Apollo 13, resulting in a horrific collision, killing the plot and science on impact. At least the visuals and concepts survived, even if they sustained massive injuries.
Rated 05 Jun 2011
87
81st
Now I'm going to buck the trend here - I thought this was a decent film. Yes, it was a bit cheesy in parts, yes there were similarities to Contact ... but special effects and graphics were outstanding, the plot was simply and believably told and it worked as a story. Under-rated and well worth a watch
Rated 14 Aug 2007
15
0th
Preposterous and poorly executed. This movie sucks.
Rated 04 Jul 2014
79
27th
In my top ten list of movies directed by Brian De Palma with the word "mission" in the title, I would have to rank "Mission to Mars" #2.
Rated 24 Mar 2010
25
3rd
Awful. What irritates the most is the hand-holding dialogue these people spout. Even the console displays are infested with it. Jerry O'Connell plays the dumbest astronaut in cinematic history - his leap of logic when discussing the graves is mind-blowing. Oh, and fuck you crying-alien-planetarium-tour-guide.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
37
10th
This is probably Gary Sinise's worst movie. It is slow and plodding with a poorly written story. The cast had a lot of potential, but is ultimately wasted. Eventually it becomes an issue of when the next charecter is going to die. And then there's the martians...
Rated 11 Jun 2022
50
14th
De Palma knows how to shoot a film; fancy shots and camera trickery abound, and pretty much all the visuals hold up very well for a film from 2000 (with the exception of a certain *cough cough* we're presented with at the end). But overall, Mission to Mars feels like a rather pedestrian attempt to create something as profound as 2001: A Space Odyssey and present it in an accessible and family-friendly package. The result is dull, derivative and sentimental.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
12
6th
Gary Sinise wears disconcerting amounts of eyeliner in this film.
Rated 23 Sep 2010
45
13th
Some interesting visuals and effects and a decent cast can't save this script that doesn't really want to do anything.
Rated 20 Apr 2010
4
34th
Just doesn't do enough for the viewer. I like De Palma, I like space and I like space movies but this just doesn't seem to ever deliver. Story is untidy and while there are some pleasing factors, it just ends up falling short.
Rated 07 Apr 2011
35
19th
Opening with a long and lively moving-camera shot (à la SNAKE EYES), the energy is not sustained and there are too many poorly-judged moments and too little payoff. Fails to convey any real grandeur associated with space pioneering, and the final act fails to develop any other interesting themes. The references to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, SOLARIS and other films may be deliberate, but only serve to indicate the gulf from those movies to this one. Budget cuts may have affected the production.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
44
9th
There are better movies about Mars. Like, maybe, just watching 2 hours of footage from Curiosity. Even if the footage is in black and white and the camera is pointed at the same rock the entire time.
Rated 03 Apr 2022
35
2nd
De Palma's directing can't save this from the abysmal writing, The plot alludes to personal tragedies of characters which it never let us experience, which makes it hard to get invested in them and the movie unengaging, even if there are many dangers to overcome. There are some enjoyable tracking shots, even if one is completely unnecessary. The otherwise solid cast also can't make the horrible dialogues work. The 2001esque philosophizing is intriguing, but underdeveloped.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
6th
Brian de Palma's done some awesome stuff over the years, but wtf was he thinking here? Lame 2001 rip of... J.F.O
Rated 24 Sep 2010
33
15th
Directionless movie that should be blamed for lack of Hollywood's interest in hard sci-fi films. Visual effects are very good (with exception of the last act), science part is quite interesting and the zero G scenes inside the space ship are the best thing about this film. Story, however, is a space wreck and the characters are cardboard cutouts with an intelligence of a trailer park dweller ("There are only three graves!"). The last act made me hide under the face-palm.
Rated 19 Jun 2009
49
21st
Wanders aimlessly for the first hour before giving us some things to actually think about and some pretty graphics to look at. Look at all those writers! No wonder the script was garbage! Even Don Cheadle (whom I usually love) knew he was in a stinker and acted accordingly. "Oh god. No, oh god no". My thoughts exactly, Don!
Rated 12 Aug 2007
25
17th
An intriguing idea and an outstanding cast somehow doesn't save this film. It's visually pleasing, but the problem is that the story is poorly written and it progresses badly. You never get invested in the story or characters, and the revelations and major plot points are revealed in a way that makes them seem far lamer than they needed to be. Even Armageddon turned out better than this, and that's mediocre. The 2001: A Space Odyssey references are nice though.
Rated 12 Dec 2007
38
15th
DePalma is, for the most part, hit or miss. He misses badly here.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
63
4th
Had more fun on my mission to clean the garage.
Rated 06 Jul 2013
77
58th
When in space, facing immanent disaster, I've always found it helpful to break into a dance number. Turns out, it's not just me.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
78
68th
I'm a sucker for pulp sci-fi and can overlook some of the cheesier elements (such as a Point of No Return warning on a spacesuit) and just enjoy a good yarn.
Rated 02 Nov 2015
2
5th
lol
Rated 12 Nov 2019
70
21st
Not the best sci-fi movie, but good enough to be worth a look. SPOILER: This movie could still be a better-than-ever movie. It simply needs to have a new editing. Love story scenes? Trash. Reveal of Cydonia face just after the major incident? NO, keep it for LATER, damn! Rising the flag as the first thing to do?! WTF. Just to say a few...
Rated 06 Jul 2022
1
8th
I’ll just put this one out as a warning for anyone who has any warm, rose-tinted memories of watching this decades ago at a younger age - this is irredeemably awful. Stunning in how all these talented folk can come together under the umbrella of a favorite genre of mine, great premise, good sfx for the times, with an end result like this.
Rated 01 Sep 2007
45
10th
If you want to know what you can get mixing the script of 2001 space odyssey with no sense of direction, this is the movie
Rated 18 Dec 2018
71
49th
It is a bit over-melodramatic and the special effects look too aged for a movie made in the 2000s (it looks more like a movie from 1980s, maybe it was intentional). But it has a nice humane side to it and the actors had great chemistry. The science parts passed by me though; either they were mumblings to cover holes or I wasn't paying enough attention; I don't know. I didn't mind watching it.
Rated 26 Nov 2008
70
70th
Extraordinary movie which I like it of De Palma, not so bad at all.
Rated 27 Nov 2021
70
37th
Uncommonly lethargic and almost insultingly literal-minded effort from De Palma has some nice if ultimately pointless tracking shots here and there to display the DNA of the master, but this feels like an awkward tribute to Kubrick (with some Spielberg thrown in), though neither film-maker would ever indulge in the thuddingly dull extended explanations at the finale. And yet the highlights (especially Robbins' tense and moving descent to Mars) almost let the film squeak by as a recommendation.
Rated 22 Jul 2009
25
3rd
Ridiculous.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
Interesting premise, although not particularly a unique one. Kind of lame acting, and script writing, etc. but I'm a big fan of interesting science-concepts in movies, and that was enough for me to rank this "not a complete failure". I'll never watch it a second time, but feel free to give it a gander yourself and see what you think of the ending.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
61
9th
Bland characters and a cliched SciFi ending. Otherwise, it could have been worse.
Rated 13 Jun 2007
21
15th
so, what happends at the end again?
Rated 16 Jul 2019
62
18th
Directed by both Brian De Palmas, the bad one helming the technically underwhelming first half that's shot like a rock music video and features mostly plot exposition dialogue, but the good one adds some outer-space tension (that'll work for fans of the newly popular sci-fi survival genre) and a frankly perplexing conclusion that offers up plenty of existential curiosity.
Rated 02 Sep 2011
35
15th
Pretty disappointing given the cast.
Rated 12 Aug 2013
69
23rd
I guess one shouldn't expect a De Palma film to be original. The writing is incredibly weak and the performances are only passable. When the human aspect of your film hinges on Gary Sinise being sympathetic you've lost before you've begun. However, it is wonderfully shot and somehow builds and maintains its tension much better than it has any right to.
Rated 21 Jun 2010
40
6th
What a crappy ending.
Rated 08 Nov 2016
79
39th
Watched it as a kid.
Rated 31 Aug 2007
75
37th
good, up until the ridiculous Third Act.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
3
0th
Dreadful and dull. The 3 points goes for the placement of Van Halen's Dance the Night Away. Otherwise unwatchable.
Rated 13 Apr 2014
70
51st
Is it me or most people didn't "get" this movie? It's old school mainstream adventure sci-fi with state of the art special effects and an almost avant-garde visual style, I also sense this has been very influential in the space films that have come out since.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
50
3rd
Face!? :)
Rated 08 Apr 2022
40
7th
A corny misfire with bad acting, laughably literal dialogue, and an all round poor attempt to capture a 'Spielbergian' style sense of 'wonder'. As expected, there are a few nice visual moments, but De Palma was the wrong man for the job, and the completely serious treatment of such obviously stupid material inevitably sinks it.
Rated 28 Dec 2009
50
30th
x0
Rated 04 Mar 2017
60
31st
2016/10/13
Rated 12 May 2017
52
20th
Visually well made movie with pretty decent acting, just seemed hard to get into, not really sure why either. May need a re-watch some time in the future.
Rated 13 Jun 2023
30
10th
Yeah, this thing is really bad.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
70
64th
Fantastic concept, ok execution.
Rated 02 Dec 2006
20
11th
... what was this movie about?
Rated 22 Jun 2008
60
28th
Goofy and nonsensical, but somewhat enjoyable.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
35
3rd
This movie was so bad. It had flash backs and they explained DNA with skittles. My only regret was that more characters didn't die. Also the alien crying at the end reminded me of the Native American tear ad.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
35
28th
they go to mars and find aliens
Rated 02 May 2007
9
1st
Nothing but bad memories of this film. Boring story, and a surprisingly hideous soundtrack from The Man Himself Ennio Morricone. A longtime inside joke between me and friends afterward.
Rated 13 Mar 2017
25
4th
This movie has some great visuals for 2000, and Gary Sinise is trying his damnedest to make the ridiculous dialogue work. That's about where the good things end. What an utterly terrible plot.
Rated 30 Aug 2010
60
25th
High hopes faded to boredom.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
30
30th
ok
Rated 19 Aug 2007
5
3rd
The alien is a fucking cartoon. A...cartoon. Cartoon. WTF? It's like they completely ran out of budget the last act of the movie. Jesus Christ a fucking cartoon?
Rated 15 Nov 2009
30
13th
It's incredibly boring and features a hologram of a crying alien. Crying. Alien. Not exactly what we want to explore space for, is it?
Rated 06 Mar 2008
82
5th
I saw this on the 7th grade breakaway trip to Ashland, in theaters. I wonder if this rating is actually accurate.
Rated 04 Jul 2011
45
40th
Really nice set design and zero-gravity effects. However the film seems to lack the intensity of other space-based stories, for example Apollo 13. The story just sort of meanders without much sense of urgency. None of the characters is compelling enough to really get the viewer engaged.
Rated 17 Apr 2014
50
11th
Not a bad movie and there are some likeable characters, but it just sort of plods along without anything really happening. It's like a less artistic and memorable 2001. Also, you wouldn't even think de Palma made this if you didn't already know.
Rated 18 Sep 2013
44
6th
43.500
Rated 20 Apr 2009
19
9th
What is this movie, it's a 22 minute twilight zone episode, only it's 2 hours long!?!
Rated 16 Jul 2010
33
4th
Amazing discovery? Just ordinary new-age bullshit.
Rated 21 Jul 2011
0
1st
This isn't an abomination up until the randomly conclusive third act that completely discredits anything this film was or could be.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
47th
dude from sliders!
Rated 28 Jun 2012
49
17th
It's kind of like 2001 if it was made to appeal to the Michael Bay fanbase.
Rated 09 Oct 2014
70
62nd
I like this film, probably a bit of bias towards Sinise's character, but I really do like this film
Rated 26 Jan 2007
18
3rd
The ending, specifically the martians, suck. Not that the rest of the movie was that good to being with.
Rated 30 Dec 2008
50
26th
I only remember the second half, and that was alright. Alien looked better than most CGI aliens. But I can imagine that i was fairly bored during the first half of this movie.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
20
5th
This is one of those films that was just poor. Poorly edited, poorly written, poorly executed, just poor on all levels. The sad thing is that there seems to be some kernel of good under all the layers of shit, and it could have been something much better. It was just in the hands of a director who was not capable of making the most of the bevy of talent available.
Rated 18 Jun 2012
30
0th
One of the worst sci-fi movies I can recall seing
Rated 21 Nov 2016
52
6th
I'm sure the Disney ride was better and they closed it.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
51
40th
A bad film no doubt. It gets bonus marks for a few very entertaining scenes, and that fact that I'm a sucker for most sci-fi. The collaboration of a small team of [people on] crack writers leads to a frankly stupid script, and although there are some nice visual scenes, most of the acting is beyond rubbish. The ending is pure science fiction madness, and totally stupid.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
14th
Space may be cold, but PV=nRT, even in a vacuum, liquids (like your head) boil, not freeze. Simplistic physics errors aside, (an obvious forewarning of what is to come) some exciting stuff, some cool stuff & a spaceship load of schmaltz/crap. The "meaningful" scenes drag, & the scenes that are supposed to capture imagination/revelation are laughable. M2M is never believable. Everytime Gary's giant face fills the screen I'm trying not to look at his lips, what the hell is with the lipstick?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
19
1st
Brian fucking De Palma.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
I don't remember much about this movie or even how I liked it compared to "Red Planet," so I'll just give them the same rating.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
10
3rd
Absolute crap.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
35
90th
"Mission to Mars' redemptive coda opened the door for the subsequent film's continuing figurative and literal sanguinity." - Eric Henderson
Rated 15 Dec 2008
40
11th
Good director, great cast. Why does it suck so much? I wasn't expecting anything special, but was disappointed anyway. It seemed kind of cool when I was thirteen, but revisiting it I found nothing but cheesy effects and bad science.
Rated 14 May 2012
80
0th
I saw this movie only one time and I don't remember everything about it. I do rememnber that it was good.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
55
49th
Good film.
Rated 16 Feb 2022
70
69th
This film tries so hard to be a 2001 a space odyssey and in some ways it captures it perfectly, the music is superb. But like I said, it tries so hard to be 2001 odyssey but there is not enough quality, to many characters and too much dialogue in some areas. The cgi should have been left out or improved enormously, and throughout you feel it’s good but it’s not original, and during the finish then you feel that it’s not good enough. Oh well
Rated 04 Jan 2007
50
16th
This movie needed a direction.
Rated 06 Jun 2011
20
13th
Bad Movie
Rated 05 Dec 2006
10
3rd
Fucking awful. Add to that, worse soundtrack I've ever seen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
7th
I wish this movie would have ended just as they enter the pyramid on Mars. Unfortunately it kept going.
Rated 04 Jan 2008
35
9th
Good cast, bad plot, nice visuals. I bet Tim Robbins was happy when he burned up in mars atmosphere before things got even more boring. Still, it was better than Red Planet.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
60
42nd
6- pretty good, decent
Rated 20 Jun 2009
50
8th
Not even bad, just stunningly mediocre. On par with those awful Sci-Fi Channel original movies.
Rated 11 Dec 2010
13
63rd
Decent sci-fi, had some really powerful scenes, yet over all the directing was weak and I couldn't believe these actors were professional astronaughts they simply didn't behave themselves in a manor fitting professionals and it kept throwing me off.
Rated 25 Jul 2009
10
0th
All 10 points belong to Don Cheadle.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
1
0th
Don't do it to yourself
Rated 15 Jul 2009
63
35th
Visually stunning at times, but this slow moving sci-fi film is a little too boring for the average viewer.
Rated 22 Sep 2019
28
14th
Clichés, clichés everywhere.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
60
5th
Pretty terrible, but still has some pretty fun things to offer.

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