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Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars Theatrical Poster
Directed by Brian De Palma
Produced by Tom Jacobson
Written by Story:
Lowell Cannon
Jim Thomas
John Thomas
Screenplay:
Jim Thomas
John Thomas
Graham Yost
Starring Gary Sinise
Tim Robbins
Don Cheadle
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum
Editing by Paul Hirsch
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
(some markets)
Release date(s) March 10, 2000
Running time 114 min.
Language English
Budget $90 million USD
IMDb profile

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Contents

Plot

In the year 2020 AD, a mission is launched whose goal is to carry humans to Mars for the first time. The mission's four crew members, upon arriving on the planet, discover a mysterious formation in their vicinity. After transmitting their find back to the command center on the World Space Station, they head for the site to try and learn more. When they arrive at the formation, they notice a strange sound, which they assume to be interference from their Mars Rover. Upon attempting to scan the formation with radar, a large vortex forms around the structure, which then proceeds to envelop and presumably kill three of the mission's crew, leaving only the mission's commander, Luke Graham. The formation also emits an extremely powerful EMP, which irreparably damages much of the electronic equipment on the spacecraft. Despite the damage, Luke Graham manages to upload one transmission to the REMO (REsupply MOdule) orbiting Mars. Example of an electromagnetic pulse, in this case caused by the electrical discharge required to fire the Z machine. ...

Woody and Terri dance in zero-G.

Upon receiving Commander Graham's garbled message informing of his crewmembers' deaths, the Earth command center hastily dispatches another Mars mission. The crew of this new mission includes Woodrow "Woody" Blake as commander, Jim McConnell as co-commander, Terri Fisher and Phil Ohlmyer as mission specialists. The goal of the mission is to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors. As the ship is being prepared for its orbital insertion around the red planet, a swarm of small rocks (presumably falling into Mars' gravity well) collides with the ship and compromises the ship's hull, causing an atmosphere leak. The crew works quickly to repair the hole, troubleshooting where the damage is located, and then using a liquid to help Woody apply the patch. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Zero G is the pseudonym of an elite hacker rumored to be female and a child prodigy of MIT. Zero G emerged in the late 1990s. ...

Woody Blake and Jim McConnell.

The damage caused by the collision was not limited to losing air, however. This is not apparent until they ignite the main engines, which were also damaged by the collision. The resulting explosion destroys any chance of using the ship further, so they quickly don pressure suits and abandon it, hoping to maneuver their way to the REMO. But the circumstances are unfavorable as the REMO is moving more quickly (in a slightly lower orbit) than the tethered astronauts. Woody concludes the only hope of a successful rendezvous with the REMO is for him to launch himself directly at it, using the remainder of his jet pack fuel, carrying a line from the others. He successfully attaches this to the REMO but is unable to stop himself as he does so and floats helplessly away toward the planet. Terri, wanting to save him, decides to cut her line. Woody, not wanting Terri to be harmed, commits suicide by taking off his helmet. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


When the remaining crew arrive on the red planet, they find Luke, the captain of the first team, still alive. He tells the rescuers about his crew's find, and informs them that the formation found was the "face". He had spent the time alone attempting to learn the secrets of the mysterious structure. He shows the rescue team his biggest clue, a recording of the noise heard in the area of the formation. He had found, after several months of analysis, that the sound was a map of human DNA, in XYZ coordinates. Mars Orbital Cameras 2001 image of the face The Face on Mars is a large feature on the surface of the planet Mars located in the Cydonia region, thought by many to resemble a human face. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ... Euler angles are a means of representing the spatial orientation of an object. ...

Men on Mars.

Together, they discover that the mysterious signals are actually a prompt, requiring input of one missing pair of chromosomes which would complete human DNA. The crew dispatches a robot to send the completed signal, at which time an opening appears in the side of the structure. Curious, they venture inside, and are soon sealed in, and discover Earth-like atmospheric conditions. They then find a large dark room, and once they step inside, a three-dimensional projection of the solar system appears. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ...

A Martian appears, silently explaining that at some time in the distant past, Mars was hit by a "planet-killer" asteroid which decimated the Martian ecosphere. The Martians were forced to evacuate their home planet and find other places to settle. During their evacuation, however, they also dispatched elementary life forms of their own to the nearby planet Earth, which at the time of the Martian evacuation, contained no life forms. Over the billions of years following this "seed-scattering" (see panspermia), these life forms eventually became the humans who would one day land on Mars and be recognized as descendants of that ancient Martian experiment. As the image of the Martian fades away, an invitation is offered for one of the astronauts to follow the Martians to one of their new home planets. Jim McConnel decides to go and after their farewells, the rest of the surviving crew head back to Earth. As they are heading toward earth they watch in curiosity as Jim inside a Martian craft races towards another galaxy. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Martian is a hypothetical or fictional native inhabitant of the planet Mars. ... Panspermia is the hypothesis that the seeds of life are in the Universe, that they may have delivered life to Earth, and that they may deliver or have delivered life to other habitable bodies; also the process of such delivery. ...


Cast

Mission to Mars cast.
Actor Role
Gary Sinise Jim McConnell
Tim Robbins Woodrow "Woody" Blake
Jerry O'Connell Phil Ohlmyer
Don Cheadle Luke Graham
Kim Delaney Maggie McConnell
Armin Mueller-Stahl Ramier Beck (uncredited)
Elise Neal Debra Graham
Connie Nielsen Terri Fisher
Marilyn Norry Louise
Peter Outerbridge Sergei Kirov
Kavan Smith Nicholas Willis
Jill Teed Reneé Coté

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Box office

  • Opening weekend U.S. gross: $22,855,247
  • Total U.S. box office gross: $60,874,615

Critical response

Most critics gave the film a negative review (76% disliking the film on rottentomatoes.com).


Awards and nominations

2000 Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzies) 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Razzie Award The Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ...

  • Nominated - Worst Director — Brian De Palma

Trivia

Mars Habitat Unit shown in the movie.
  • Director de Palma includes several homages to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • The Mars mission in the movie is based on the Mars Direct plan, a real-life proposal by the Mars Society to send a human crew to Mars.
  • Several props from the movie are now on display at the Mission: Space attraction at Walt Disney World. Several props were also on display from 2000 to 2003 at the NASA American Space Experience exhibit in Tomorrowland at Disneyland (the exhibit was closed in 2003 to make way for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters).
  • Mission to Mars competed with another film, Red Planet, which also dealt with a voyage to Mars and subsequent rescue of the astronauts.
  • The trailer used music by Vangelis from the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise.
  • Veteran NASA astronaut Story Musgrave not only acted as a technical advisor for the project, but also made a cameo appearance in the movie.
  • The holographic Martian and concept behind it were spoofed in an episode of Invader Zim, in which the same events took place.
  • The film possesses numerous scientific inaccuracies, indicative of poor research being conducted before production.
    • For reasons unexplained, objects (including humans) almost instantly freeze when exposed to the vacuum of space, despite the lack of any sort of remotely substantial medium through which heat can be conducted (very small traces of matter are actually present in space outside of the atmosphere of planets). The only way to lose heat in a vacuum is by radiating it away, which is a very slow process. Ironically, exposure of liquids to the zero-pressure environment of space would cause them to boil.
    • The spaceship on which the crew journey to Mars is rotating in order to simulate gravity, but is rotating at far too low a speed to provide the effect depicted.
    • The plastic covering on the greenhouse, inside which the crew do not wear helmets, is shown flapping in the Martian breeze, despite the fact that it would have to be internally pressurised and therefore inflated and taut like a bouncing castle.
    • The astronauts are shown battling a strong Martian wind in spite of the fact that the atmosphere on Mars is so thin that even a 200mph wind would feel like nothing more than a gentle breeze.
    • The movie depicts the human genome as a single strand of DNA. In reality, the human genome is comprised of 46 chromosomes, each chromosome possessing an individual DNA strand. The "chromosomes" that are added to the genome by the crew on Mars are misrepresented as a set of base pairs.
    • Phil Ohlmyer constructs what he terms to be the DNA sequence of a perfect woman out of M&Ms. In addition to being too short to encode anything greater than a polypeptide sequence, the sequence rotates on its own axis, impossible even under zero gravity. This misuse of forces directly contradicts the explicit death of an astronaut early in the film via centrifugal effects when spun until dismembered.

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See also

Mission to Mars was an attraction located at Disneyland and at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
A Human Mission to Mars? Not Yet (1321 words)
Data from past Mars missions suggest that the planet once had a warmer, wetter climate and abundant liquid water—lakes, rivers, and even oceans—during its early history.
The Phoenix Mission is set to land on the northern plains of Mars in 2008 and features a stationary lander with a robotic arm for exploration.
The Mars Science Laboratory, destined for a 2010 landing on the planet is a brawnier version of the rovers.
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Most likely the mission will require transporting most of the necessary supplies and equipment by unmanned spacecraft to the chosen landing area and confirming their operable condition before the first astronauts even arrive.
During their long, confined stay, the Mars pioneers may live in an inflatable modular housing unit similar to the TransHab (for “transportation and habitat”) design proposed by NASA in 1997 as a possible replacement for the U.S. crew quarters on the International Space Station.
And because the gravity on Mars is only 38% of Earth's, ways to counteract any damaging effects of the weak gravity on their bodies, such as progressive bone loss and muscle atrophy, will have to be found.
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