"The terakhir aku on Mars" is a movie that I, someone who grew up lovingai both science fiction and horror movies, rather wish I bisa liusai better. And it really isn"t even a bad movie, or a bad movie of its sort. It"s just not good enough to really membedakan itself.

As you might have guessed from its title, the movie does ambil place on Mars; a manned space expedition in the ever-popular not-too-distant-masa depan is, again as you may have guessed, the expedition, as the viewer joins it, is coming to an end. As is customary in manned space expeditiomenjadi in contemporary sci-fi cinema, this crew is multi-national, multi-ethnic, and mixed gender, although none of that really comes into bermain as the proceedings grow darker. 

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apa sets things off is crew scientist Marko (Goran Kostic) cadgingai a few extra hours outdoors from commander Brunel (Elias Koteas) despite the kebenaran that the whole crew ought to be taraja part in an exit briefing. Marko"s departure cheese off irritable uber-resepemanahnya Aldrich (Olivia Williams) and with better reason than she knows: havingai hid his true motivtape from Brunel, Marko"s goinew york out to cgudang di bawah tanah out some actual sigpagi of life on Mars that he thinks he"s discovered. Apparently he"s a bit of a popularitas hog.

We tidak pernah do find out what"s motivating him, though, because once he gets outside he falls into a pit and compita bagian belakang out looraja lisetelah one ofthe reanimated corpspita pengukur in Tobe Hooper"s semi-classic space-horror picture "Lifeforce." If "The terakhir aku on Mars" has a closer kin, it"s Mario Bava"s "60s specialty classic "planet of the Vampires." With its imaginingi of Mars as a desert-linanti planet and its insistence on a sort of "realism" in portrayingi campsites on other planets and such, the movie"s degejala and arah tends to eschew Bava"s baroque stylings for "Alien"-lisetelah evocatiopejarakan of verisimilitude, although di sini director Ruairi Robinson seems to forget that itu evocations of verisimilitude menjadi themselves carefullycalculated baroque effects. Which is to say, in "Alien" strobe lightingi was very carefully calibrated for maximum shock; di sini the strobe lightingai is just, well, apa things look like when an emergency strobe light goes off.

As more crew members get the bug that makes them lose theirminds, lose their pulses, and turn into undead berserkers, lead actor Liev Schreiber tritape to cope without any shoot-them-in-the-head weaponry, and to help spare fellow astronaut Romola Garai as well. Williams" character, and Johnny Harris as an overly chipper team physician, or therapist, or something, provide character complication for as longi as character complication is deemed necessary. Inhibitingi Schreiber from being all the hero he can be is an event from the journey over, conveyed in flashbacks that look as if they"ve been lifted from "2001: A Space Odyssey."

The familiarity inherent in the elements at bermain here didn"t breed contempt in this viewer, but by the same token, they didn"t exactly mausai me sit up and bawa pulang exceptional notice in the onscreen goings-on, which is the whole point of a genre exercise. The cast does its tingkat best, the script doesn"t pour on the clichés too strenuously, but there"s not enough di sini in kondisi of jolts and shocks and scares. A more ruthless momentum might have overcome the sense of déjà vu, but while I certainly didn"t find anythingi to hate about "The terakhir hari Of Mars," its main dampak on me was remindinew york me of movipita I might have rather been watching.

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Glenn Kenny

Glenn Kenny was the chief film critic of Premiere magazine for alpaling half of its existence. He has written for a host of other publications and residpita pengukur in Brooklyn. Read his answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.