Genre Guesstimation – Red Planet (2000)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Natasha of Life of This City Girl

We will be reviewing our favorite Sci-Fi Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of January by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Great choice Natasha!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Sci-Fi Films…

red planet“We just disappointed 10 billion people. Not counting the ex-wives. ” – Quinn

Number of Times Seen – 2 (15 Jul 2001 and 10 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – In the noy too distant future, a team of astronauts are sent to Mars in order to find a solution for relocating the human race after the Earth is no longer able to sustain life.

My Take on it – This movie is yet another attempt at making a good sci-fi pic about astronauts going to Mars that fails.

The one bright spot here is the amazing cast led by Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss with supporting roles by Benjamin Bratt, Terrance Stamp, Simon Baker and Tom Sizemore.

The plot loses momentum quite quickly and what could possibly have been a good movie comes across as nothing more than average.

The special effects look too unrealistic for a (relatively) recent movie because it could have looked so much better than it does.

The plot gets silly at a certain point and has a lot of trouble trying to recover.

Bottom Line – Yet another mediocre addition to the Mars space mission theme. Special effects look really bad. Great cast but part of the story unfolds in a way that feels a bit silly.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore began feuding during production. According to reports, it all began when Kilmer got annoyed about a fancy exercise machine that Sizemore wanted shipped from England to the set in Australia. Eventually the two hated each other so much Kilmer would not come out of his trailer if Sizemore was on the set. Many of their scenes together were filmed over shoulders of photo doubles. Kilmer reportedly refused to say Sizemore’s character’s name, saying instead “Hey, you!” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. Once again a pretty poor attempt at a Mars rescue mission movie.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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