The Last Days On MarsWednesday 09 Apr 2014
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai, Goran Kostic, Robert Irwin.
Duration: 98 minutes
Based on a 1975 short story (The Animators) by Sydney J Bounds, The Last Days on Mars centres on a team of international astronaut explorers who are reaching the final days on their mission on the red planet.
After six months of researching and just nineteen hours until the long journey back to earth, one of the crew members Marko (Kostic) believes he has discovered evidence of fossilised bacteria.
However, Marko’s astounding findings comes with deathly consequences and soon the team – made up of claustrophobic scientist (Schreiber), kind-hearted mission medic (Garai), wimpy mission commander (Koteas), smartass and know-it-all (Williams) and the shifty one of the group (Harris) - find themselves battling against some bloodthirsty space zombies.
It’s here the movie starts to feel like The Walking Dead meets World War Z, with some scenes from Alien 3 thrown in for the craic. Despite, the impressive cast, the movie doesn’t try hard enough to put itself in a sci-fi horror league of its own.
While the first 30 minutes of the film get off to a good start with some impressive graphics and thrilling action sequences, the scenario quickly becomes predictable. The acting just about saves the day with stellar performances from Williams and Harris, but the rest of the cast are easily forgotten.
The will they/won’t they romance between Schreiber and Garai felt contrived and silly for the most part. Is there really time for a relationship to blossom when flesh-eating zombies are on the loose?
The shaky camera and dusty scenes make for some cheap shots and fail to make the brutal aliens look more threatening.
Robinson's poor attempt at creating a cliff-hanger of an ending will leave viewers feeling disappointed and unsatisfied.
Unlike Gravity, The Last Days on Mars is light-years away from landing a place at the Oscars.