A crew of astronauts on Mars are waiting for the ship that will return them to Earth when they discover they have been exposed to a strain of bacteria that sends humans into a homicidal rage.
Live Schreiber (Vincent), Elias Koteas (Charles), Romola Garai (Rebecca), Olivia Williams (Kim), Johnny Harris (Robert), Goran Kostic (Marko), Tom Cullen (Richard), Yusra Warsama (Lauren), Patrick Byrnes (Ellis).
The Last Days on Mars starts off slow, doing a good job of creating the setting for the rest of the film. As the plot begins to be revealed things get a bit more interesting. Yet, at the end of the day, this is still your basic sci-fi thriller reminiscent of The Thing and similar marooned, mutant disease themes. As the action ratchets up toward the end, things get a bit more exciting through the easily expected ending.
Acting was mediocre in this one with Schreiber delivering a bit more softened emotion than usual. Koteas delivers his usual as does Williams, who seems to be becoming a staple in space alien films. Garai, Harris, and the remainder of the supporting cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good with fair attention to detail and a realistic feel. CGI was good throughout, as were physical effects. Dialogue was somewhat slow but added good breadth to the storyline. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Last Days on Mars is a decent sci-fi thriller that fans of the genre should enjoy. Those who want more action, horror, or a more unique plot may be a bit disappointed.
With some horror scenes and mildly disturbing adult content this should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers, Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Thrillers
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