Last Days on Mars…
The genre of Science-fiction thriller defined by movies such as Alien and The Thing has been considered dead for well over two decades. It quickly become the domain of cheap B-movies or senselessly epic action movies. True thrillers with a good dose of science that take place on another plant or space station were hard to come by. However, ever since Duncan Jones’s Moon from 2009 the genre is again alive and kicking. Fans can look forward to Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and The Europa Report directed by Sebastián Cordero. Fans of space thrillers can also add ‘Last Days on Mars’ to their list. It is not often that Mars is chosen as the setting for a sci-fi movie, but after Moon’s shoestring budget there is no reason to fail either. ‘Last Days on Mars’ is a British production directed by Ruairi Robinson and will star Elias Koteas, Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams as well as one of my favorite actresses – Romola Garai (Amazing Grace).
‘Last Days on Mars’ is about a six month human mission to Mars that turns ugly in its last days when a dead team member revives. In essence it is a rise of the zombies flick but interspersed with a dose of Alien, Prometheus and The Thing. Now, is that a bad thing? I already find myself looking forward to the film, pretty much anything with Mars in it I will watch. If the director treats the story with enough respect than I believe that even this premise can be turned into a proper movie if viewers aren’t forced through the plot. The fact that part of the filming for the movie was done in Jordan does show a sense of dedication that puts a smile on the face of every movie buff.
The movie has already been screened at Cannes to generally positive reviews. In September it will also be released in the UK, but an US release has not yet been scheduled. The screening at Cannes is often sued to make distribution deals so stay hopeful!
Below you can see the 1st clip from the movie.
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