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Mission to Mars

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Gary Sinise, Mission to Mars
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Mission to Mars

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
107 minutes
performer:
Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise, Jerry O'Connell, Tim Robbins
director:
Brian De Palma
distributor:
Touchstone Pictures
author:
Jim Thomas
genre:
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C-

So what is Robbins — political activist, serious actor, and agitprop auteur — doing in a popcorn flick about a troubled trip to the angry red planet? ”My kids have been wanting me to do anything in which I have an opportunity to have a little doll made,” says Robbins, who’s long wanted to act in an action-adventure with smarts.

But he may have picked ”too” smart for his kids; De Palma’s NASA-endorsed production is so steeped in space-travel science, it’s more likely to spawn telescopes than toys. Still, Sinise assures us there are thrills aplenty. ”It really combines the science of ‘2001’ and the emotion of ‘Apollo 13,”’ says Sinise, who starred in the latter. ”If we spent all our time explaining how we got there, the movie would be 10 hours long.”

Hustling to beat Warner Bros.’ similarly themed ”Red Planet” to theaters, De Palma actually finished ahead of schedule. None of that pressure was felt by the actors, but they did have other things to sweat through, like stifling-hot space suits and the nauseating wirework required to simulate zero gravity. While Sinise survived the special effects by tapping his ”Apollo 13” astronaut training, Robbins says his own prior experience with F/X was limited to the infamous 1986 flop, ”Howard the Duck.” Wow, Tim, most people have forgotten you were in that. What possessed you? ”Oh, why did I even bring it up? Let’s not even talk about it.” BUZZ FACTOR: 7

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