13 November 2014

THE LAST DAYS ON MARS

THE LAST DAYS ON MARS

UK / Ireland, 2013
Director: RuairĂ­ Robinson

4/10











Ever since his breathtaking 2011 short film "BlinkyTM" (Review here), I was eagerly awaiting any new project by Oscar-nominated Irish filmmaker RuairĂ­ Robinson ("Fifty Percent Grey"). Unfortunately, his follow-up project / debut feature "The Last Days on Mars", based on Sidney James Bounds' short story "The Animators", is one huge disappointment.

Behind the oh-so-poetic title hides a below-average sci-fi/horror-mix that should have better been titled "Zombies in Space" or "Mars of the Living Dead". It starts out rather tense and quite fascinating, delivering beautiful images of sand storms and cool spacecrafts, and a slightly 70s-like atmosphere.


Then, after the first half hour, the very first semi-zombie (human infected with some mysterious Mars virus) appears, and from this moment on, the whole thing goes downhill. Imagine the second half of Danny Boyle's "Sunshine",
but on Mars, without any suns, with less suspense, but with more zombies. That's basically it. Wow.

Robinson's direction is weird, at times downright uninspired and boring. Same for the lackluster music and the underwhelming camera work. The cast is very solid, especially the performances of Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams and Johnny Harris. Make-up, gore and CGI efects look good too. Other than that, "The Last Days on Mars" is just another forgettable post-90s Mars film.

4 comments:

  1. Too bad - zombies in space sounds fun if done right. I don't like any of the Friday the 13th movies except for the space one. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Jason X is certainly better than this :)

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  2. Mars of the Living Dead is a GREAT title and I might be stealing it. I'll name the main character Harry though, okay?

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