Coming to theatres from director Ruairi Robinson and Magnolia Pictures comes a frightening look at what happens when it’s the THE LAST DAYS ON MARS.
This film tells the story of a crew on Mars in its last few days before returning home. Headed by Commander Brunel (Elias Koteas) with Vincent (Live Schreiber), Romola (Rebecca Lane), Kim (Olivia Williams), Robert (Johnny Harris) and Marko (Goran Kostic) there job is researching the red planet.
The mission is in its last hours and preparing to return to Earth. That is until Marko discovers something in a sample taken from deep inside the planets dirt. The dirt caves in to reveal a bacteria growing. It is mere moments before whatever is growing in the planet has no problem taking over a human host.
One by one the astronauts must come face to face with a deadly virus they don’t have the equipment to understand let alone fight. It is Vincent who must find a way off the planet before they all succumb to the change.
FINAL WORD: Schreiber hands in a good performance but not a great one. I know this character has a problem but its never really talked about or dealt with – at least not to my satisfaction. I have to say I don’t know how anyone can make a film suffocating in a space suit. The scene where he was running I jaw dropped and even applauded. That had to be difficult. That being said I believe Schreiber to be an extremely good actor but this isn’t his best work.
I don’t mean that personally because I think the problem lies in the story itself. Zombies on Mars? Wow, although for a second I thought it was clever until I realized there is nowhere to go with that storyline restricted on a planet in a space suit.
Lane, Williams, Harris, Kostic and Koteas give their all waiting one by one for this virus to worm its way to suck out their performance skills. I don’t like when that happens!
FILM BRAT: What a hot mess! I mean really zombies in space? How about we keep them on planet earth for us to enjoy. Lets face it, that’s what they were! I thought it was all pretty cool for a second and then I have to admit I got a little bored because there are only so many crew members you can have for dinner – then its all done. Throwing in the zombie out the escape hatch into space was a nice touch. Great – we have a acid spitting alien floating around already now we can add a Martian zombie. Lets get these two together real soon!
Other cast include: Yusra Warsama as Laren Dalby, Tom Cullen as Richard Harrington
Patrick Byrnes as flight Commander Ellis.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE LAST DAYS ON MARS three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is kind of a high tech zombie in space kind of film with the main character having a tad bit of a phobia. Thinking about how one can get away from danger when trapped pretty much at every turn is an interesting concept for the film.
Is there anything new here? No. Is it fairly predictable? Absolutely. Did I enjoy watching zombies take over the red planet? Sure, why not. That being said I felt like the ending had a little bit of an ALIEN feel to it but I love Liev Schreiber and Elias Koteas so I’m pretty much willing to forgive the 98 minutes of flaws.
In the end – the search for life is about to end!