Not nearly as bad as what you could expect, reading the terrible reviews. It is an action film without action, closer from "Solaris" than from "Gravity" and full of De Palma signature shots. Of course you will find some gigantic flaws as in any De Palma film but hey it is still better than the average sci-fi movie !
Will probably never receive its dues as a prototype for 'Interstellar' and 'Prometheus', this is an interesting case of when our cool modern detachment betrays us, asking us to sacrifice wonder in our rational quest for good dialogue and acting. Maybe the best use of cameras in space since '2001', and I suspect that ending will be joyous for those who trust De Palma. A gorgeous hot mess.
Müziklerini, kamera kullanımını ve Long take çekimlerini beğendiğim, genel olarak vasat ve klişe bulduğum bir Brian De Palma filmi. Aslında Tim Robbins, Jerry O'Connell ve Gary Sinise gibi oyuncuları da görünce fazlasıyla umutlanmıştım fakat izledikten sonra filmi onların bile kurtaramadığını gördüm.
I like Brian De Palma, and I like this movie in theory—a sci-fi film of clean-cut innocence and intentional artifice, with some great zero-g camerawork and a really inventive, unusual score. But working in theory isn't enough, and too much of the film doesn't work on screen. It's alright to earnestly pay homage to 50 years of sci-fi cliches, but you have to capture why we/you love them in the first place.
In this film, De Palma puts his most aesthetic direction at the service of humanism; the result is emotion - a joyous, moving, and sincere film about overcoming fear, pursuing dreams, and, ultimately, through the attainment of knowledge, hope in the afterlife. It's sad its depth and poetry don't have a chance against the skepticism of the usual moviegoer; a beautiful and underrated film from a great director.
Likely one of the most well-used VHS tapes to be found around my house when I was a little kid, and it isn't hard to see why. De Palma's romantic marriage of modernistic space-exploration and classic Flash Gordon/Barsoom-esque sci-fi mysticism made all the far off worlds of my young imagination seem so attainable. The conclusion remains a powerful, nostalgic experience for me.
I was prepared for a hell of a mess, what I got instead : truly great film with somewhat of a weak script. But, you guys, sometimes script can be overrated, its just an improvisation, an excuse so that moment of pure cinematic pleasure can be achieved, especially by a director like De Palma, so many scenes in his movies are about color, gestures, camera movements.. I was really inspired by this one ! 4 stars.
Everyone all knows Brian De Palma hasn't recaptured the fire in a bottle he set loose on the world with Carrie, The Untouchables, and Scarface; this disastrous mess of a movie is indicative of it. It takes itself so seriously and tries to be something more than it actually is. Post Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma is nothing but crap, his time has come and gone.
"Mission to Mars" could have been good, but it had 1) Gary Sinise wearing too much eyeliner, 2) Tim Robbins playing a smug goody-goody actually named Woody (LMAO!) who is so self-righteous that when he sacrifices his own life for the crew with his Christly vapid "Hudsucker" grin, you want to pull his plug and finish him off already, and 3) the computer voice is like HAL meets the robot from Buck Rogers 79.