Mission to Mars

Year: 2000
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Tim Robbins
A bit of a small movie for the likes of De Palma, but entertaining nevertheless. In a nutshell, contact is lost with a group of scientists on Mars - their rescue mission finds a single survivor and an enormous sculptured human face, which reveals the truth of life on Earth to them - that it was seeded by long-departed aliens.

The story, however, is drawn out by some good sequences of lavish photography and tension as spaceships go wrong and tentative steps into the unknown are taken. Some of the secrets of the alien artefacts - like the gigantic snake-like whirlwind that wipes out the first crew - are never explained or accounted for, so the whole thing is something of a broken spectacle.

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