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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Red Planet (2000)

It hit screens just eight months after the other Mars movie of 2000, but its target audience was slightly different. De Palma’s Mission to Mars at least attempted to appeal to an intelligent audience, whereas RP seems to have been aimed primarily at the action fan. The two things aren't mutually exclusive, but it’s rare to find them cosy in bed together.
Dir. Antony Hoffman's direction is decent enough and the landscapes are prettier than Mission's are, but the script is just as limp, albeit in a different way. The CGI robotic murder-dog didn't help matters at all.

2½ empty cannisters out of 5

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