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Red planet - Anthony Hoffman, Carrie-Anne Moss, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore

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Movie propaganda

Not a sound. Not a warning. Not a chance. Not alone.

Mission Commander Kate Bowman (Carrie-Anne Moss) is the pilot and Commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race.

It's 2050, Earth is dying and colonising Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars terraforming project and to repair it but what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed: a crash-landing leaves them without scientific, communication or escape equipment and causes their military mapping and exploration robot to malfunction into an enemy, relentlessly dedicated to breaking the team down. Defying orders from Houston, Bowman refuses to leave Robby Gallagher (Val Kilmer), with whom she shares an intense emotional bond, and the others (Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker and Terence Stamp) and instead attempts to guide them back from above.

But as the landing team explores the harsh new planet desperately seeking a way out, they make the most terrifying and baffling discovery of all: Mars may be barren, but it's not uninhabited.

Written by Jonathan Lemkin and Chuck Pfarrer, directed by Anthony Hoffman.

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Mission to Mars.

Different actors, same theme. Because of its high-level media exposure, Mars is flavour of the decade so expect a few more flicks in due course, probably in the colonial rather than explorative stage. Should be fun.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 6 June 2001

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