Thursday List – FRC’s Top Films Set On Mars
To honor the release of the surprising John Carter this weekend, Scott looks at his favourite films set on Mars
OK, I am sure you know by now that I actually thought John Carter was good. I will not bore you with the details of that again. If you haven’t seen my review, feel free to check it out HERE
As the majority of John Carter is set on MARS or Barsoom as they call it in the film, I wanted to list my Top Films Set on Mars…
8 – Ghosts of Mars
200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet.
7 – Mars Needs Mums
A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.
6 – Mission To Mars
The year is 2020 and NASA has made another giant leap for mankind by successfully landing a team of astronauts on Mars. However, shortly after their arrival on Mars, Mission Commander (Don Cheadle) and his colleagues encounter a bizarre and catastrophic disaster. A rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back the survivors. Co-piloted by Commander Woody Blake (Tim Robbins) and Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise), four courageous astronauts set out on a heroic six-month journey through space where they face insurmountable dangers.
5 – Doom
Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It’s a level 5 quarantine, and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad, a squadron armed to the teeth with unprecedented firepower to carry on their mission: nothing gets out alive.
4 – Red Planet
t’s 2050, Earth is dying, and colonising Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed: a crash-landing leaves them without scientific, communication or escape equipment; and causes their military mapping and exploration robot to malfunction into an enemy.
3 – Mr Nobody
Mr. Nobody takes place in 2092 at a time when Mars has become a vacation planet and all humans have been made immortal thanks to scientific advancement. The story follows a 120 year old man named Nemo Nobody who is not only the oldest man alive, but also the last mortal human being. Nobody is preoccupied by the question of whether or not he has lived the right life.
2 – John Carter
The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
1 – Total Recall
In a futuristic world, construction worker Doug Quaid obsesses about taking a vacation on the planet Mars. His wife objects, so Doug instead opts to have an artificial memory of a Martian holiday implanted into his mind. The trouble is, during the implantation procedure, Quaid suffers a strange reaction. Why? It seems as though he has already been to Mars, but his memories of his journey have been wiped…
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer.
What are your favourite films based on Mars? What about other planets? Comment below