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RED PLANET

Starring: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore
Director: Anthony Hoffman
Rated: M

I was not expecting the polished, science fiction film Red Planet to explore the interaction between science and religion, but it does.

It is 2050 and because of the environmental rape of Earth’s natural resources by humanity, new sources of water are needed. NASA sends a crew to Mars. Commander Kate Bowman (Carrie-Anne Moss) leads the mission. They encounter all the usual science fiction difficulties – the mother ship breaks down, the landing on the planet is off target, the robot rebels against its maker, there is a murder among the crew and we wonder who is going to get back to Earth and how are they going to do it.

The combination of Chuck Pfarrer, a writer used to the science fiction genre, and Jonathan Lemkin, who wrote the screenplay for the The Devil’s Advocate, means this film raises the benchmark by asking some intelligent and interesting questions as well.

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