DVD Review– Mission to Mars (2000)
I started watching this thinking it was going to be the classic ‘disaster’ style space movie of late (I.e. Deep Impact, Armageddon) and the first hour seemed to be such. Especially unneccesary was the scene in which three of the astronauts were killed tampering with the ‘face’. A rock to the face and being torn to pieces by being spun in the centre of a vortex all seemed a bit far fetched but if this was a ‘disaster’ movie then that’s what you expect.
However, the final 45 mins seemed to switch to a much more realistic exploration of the martian surface. The logic behind the rest of the story (no spoilers!) seemed plausible but due to the initial over-the-top drama, it didn’t sit well.
In all, a moderate film but little is learned about Mars and it is strangely inconsistent.