Red Planet

Year: 2000
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Antony Hoffman
Writer: Chuck Pfarrer/Jonathan Lemkin
Cast: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Terence Stamp, Benjamin Bratt
Like collisions with interstellar objects (Deep Impact, Armageddon), magicians (The Illusionist, The Prestige) and Truman Capote (Infamous, Capote), many movies have come in twos.

And 2000 saw two danger-on-Mars mission movies, Brian De Palma's bomb Mission to Mars and this bomb shot in the Mars-like location of Coober Pedy, South Australia.

It was a much more straight-arrow thriller than Mission, where a crew arrives on Mars to investigate a solution for the dying Earth and it goes pear-shaped straight away.

After the lander is damaged on impact with the surface, the astronauts' only means of returning to Earth and their last reserves of oxygen are lost. To make matters worse their spider-like AI unit and robotic helper AMEE gets s few short circuits and goes rogue, for some reason hunting down and killing them one by one.

It's fairly by numbers but has good CGI, scenery and action even if the science isn't the best.

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