Why did this movie get such bad reviews? I don’t know John Carpenter so I don’t have the history of his greatness. But I think this movie wasn’t bad for a slasher/moronic-zombie/thriller.
Plot: At a mining colony on Mars, the miners had discovered an underground doorway created by an ancient Martian civilization. By opening it, they unleashed vengeful martian spirits which possess the miners and turn them into a killing squad in a bid to reclaim their land.
Enter Lt Melanie Ballard(Natasha Henstridge) and crew(Jason Stratham, Pam Grier, Clea Duvall, Liam Waite) - sent to pick and transport a murdering convict Desolation William(Ice Cube) from the colony but instead meet a desolate mining camp. And a chamber filled with decapitated heads. The action begins.
Wow: I liked the playback mode of the movie. With Lt Ballard narrating what went down to the viewers. The action was fast and furious and to be honest, I paid no mind to the dialogue. You can follow the story with your ears muffled. Ice Cube gave an unexpectedly remarkable performance and Ballard-smitten Stratham added some cockney humor.
Urgh: Last time I saw such a wretched looking lot of Zombies was 1985 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Also the movie was cast in this dark reddish tint which I guess was supposed to give us a Mar-ish atmosphere but was just plain awful.
Why were Ballard and Will grinning like eggheads in that last scene; people heading to their probable deaths? How cute is that?!
Ginger scores it 5.5/10