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The Last Days on Mars (2013)

  Tags: aliens, astronauts, bacteria, Clive Dawson, infection, organism, Qwerty Films, Ruairi Robinson, sci fi, scifi, space, The Last Days on Mars, thriller, virus

Your rating: None Average: 7.3 (4 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Ruairi Robinson
Runtime: 
98 minutes
Cast: 
Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen


It's hard to do a good sci-fi horror film nowadays, but first time director Ruairi Robinson pulled it off quite well with The Last Days on Mars. I went into the flick knowing very little and came out pleasantly surprised. It definitely wasn't what I expected at all, which I think is what I really enjoyed most about it.

The story follows a team of astronauts searching for some form of life on Mars. On their last day (after a routine mission) they just so happen to discover a form of bacterial life, but an accident occurs around the same time that leaves one of'em injured or possibly dead. They soon realize that it's the start of something more terrifying yet to come and they'll have to find a way to survive their remaining hours on the red planet before help arrives.

The movie offers some above average production values and a solid cast, especially lead Liev Schreiber. You wouldn't normally see these types of actors in a film like this, which really makes it work and more believable when the shit hits the fan. Speaking of which, it doesn't take long to kick into gear and once it does it comes at you fast and doesn't let up; keeping you glued to the screen until the end. This is especially the case if you go in not knowing exactly what they face on the planet.

Aside from some minor plot-holes the only issue I had with the flick were its pretty clichéd group of characters where each one received a fairly predictable outcome. You'd think that being a group of seemingly intelligent astronauts that they'd be able to work better together and make more rational decisions, but sadly that's not the case here. In fact, the character development in general was very lacking and definitely the weakest aspect of the movie. I think if the script was polished a bit more it would've been a great film, but as it stands it's still better than most blended genre efforts. I'd say more, but as stated before it's better to go in knowing very little.

The Last Days on Mars turned out to be a well made sci-fi thriller; featuring solid actors and above average production values. I was especially pleasantly surprised with what the crew actually faced on the planet. Definitely worth a look, but go in fresh and open-minded and chances are you'll come out pleased.

Posted on December 18, 2013 - 4:50pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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