The new film from Magnet Releasing The Last Days On Mars stars Liev Schreiber as Vincent Campbell the leader of an expedition crew who is set to leave the planet of Mars after no living discoveries. Before their scheduled leave one of the crew members has found a fossil which prompts him to believe there is life on that planet. That discovery starts a downward spiral of each of the crew being overtaken by some unknown force that is turning them into monsters.
From the start of the film you can tell there was a lot of fine detail to created the wonderful landscape of Mars. The story is not too bad but may turn some viewers away with films like Apollo 18 not living up to the hype. I do think this film is better but not by much. Similar to most films involving some type of alien possession it becomes centrally focused on one character. The good thing is that character is played by Schreiber but the bad thing is it doesn’t leave enough development for the other roles to succeed. The role of Kim Aldrich played by Olivia Williams stood out the most to me as a truly dynamic character living up to the bad ass woman we usually witness her as in other films.
The down fall to me in Last Days of Mars was that it seemed to take too long to develop what was happening with the transition of the space monsters. Once the passengers started turning the transition was nice but unfortunately you only get to see it from certain characters. The interaction between Schreiber and Romola Garai who played Rebecca Lane wasn’t horrible but felt a little rushed and out of place amongst the chaos that was circling around them. This film had a chance to be truly dynamic but fell short with a less than stellar execution of the storyline for the amazing talent included in this picture.
One thing I will say is the movie has a chance to really appeal to a more mature audience. In this world filled the goretastic implosions on screen it is refreshing to see something a little more conceptual. There are a few scary parts in Last Days Of Mars so don’t think this is something you can watch with family. This is more of a classicly told sci fi thriller and it’s easy enough for any movie goer to watch. There is good and bad with Last Days On Mars but it looks amazing and just that alone is worth the watch.
The Last Days On Mars is available on demand on most outlets including Dish Network, Directv and Amazon Instant Video. It has a running time of 98 minutes and stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic and Tom Cullen. It is directed by Ruairi Robinson.