In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity’s only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man’s destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. —IMDb
I thought this was supposed to be a sci-fi horror movie? Instead, it turned out to be a boring, half-baked Mars mission procedural. It's definitely not a horror movie. It's more like a bad Star Trek episode. Also, there are space aphids... Seriously. Space aphids. Couldn't the writers have thought of something a little more scary than space aphids!?
Its basis on scientific knowledge is scant at best, but it still remains entertaining. Decent special effects for the AMEE creature (for the time) and some great sequences do happen - namely, Tom Sizemore's incendiary nobility. Not as interesting as "Mission to Mars" (which was of the same year) but still fun enough to want to see it through til the end.