Saturday, October 04, 2014
The Last Days on Mars (2013)
Who's In It: Liev Schreiber (Scream, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Elias Koteas (Some Kind of Wonderful, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Romola Garai (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights), and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense).
What It's About: As an international team of scientists wrap up their stay on Mars, they discover an indigenous bacteria that turns humans into space zombies.
How It Is: Almost entirely rubbish, but I do have to say that it's a good-looking movie. It was shot in the deserts of Jordan, so the landscape is stunning, and the designs of the shelters and vehicles are cool. That's all the good I have to say about it though.
The Hollywood pitch is Alien with zombies set on Mars and that is exactly what the movie has to offer. I mean, it's nowhere near as good as Alien, but it's obviously trying to evoke that feel. Replace one of the greatest monster designs of all time with the most generic, overused monster of all time and voila, you've got The Last Days on Mars. All that's left to do is make a list of every sad horror trope ever and tick them off one by one. The movie writes itself. Or at least it feels like it did.
Rating: 2 out of 5 space rovers.