Starring, Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Goran Kostić, Johnny Harris,Tom Cullen, Yusra Warsama and Olivia Williams. Directed by Ruairí Robinson. 98 minutes long.
If only there was an Oscar for 'good effort', or 'most ambitious' or even, 'they made this film for how much?' then Last Days on Mars might just win.
Ignore the generic, seen-it-all-before, ridiculous plot, with so many holes it also served as the production's catering sieve and in stead just admire the very lovely special effects and the impressive set designs and production values, from the lovely Syd Mead inspired Martian rovers to the claustrophobic, Alien-loving, interiors LDOM is a good looking film and that's its highest accolade.
However the story and plot just isn't that much cop, you can guess the beats and how the whole thing will end miles off, not so much telegraphing as sending up smoke signals. The plot sees a weary group of astronauts preparing for the final day of a fruitless, six month mission on the red planet in search of evidence of life, when with just hours to go until they leave to return home to Earth, one of the scientists discovers what might be bacterial life and, ignoring the rules, sets off to find a sample. After that it's an Alien, the Thing, Dawn of the Dead (remake), Moon, Aliens and Sunshine mash up- race to the end.
Punching far above its weight class, Last Days on Mars isn't a great film it's an okay film. Watch it once then promptly forget.