Blu-ray Review: 'The Last Days On Mars'
Space. Mars. Aliens. We’re checking out the outer space flick "The Last Days On Mars" out now on Blu-ray from Magnolia Home Entertainment. We explore life on other planets and review them below!
Title: "The Last Days On Mars"
Grade: 2 1/2
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Runtime: 98 minutes
Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment
The Flick: Essentially "The Last Days On Mars" is an "Alien" rip-off but doesn’t really add much to the sci-fi genre from which it owes. The film is super slow and mired in mood, but frankly doesn’t have the visual landscape and prowess to sustain it. The performances are low key and surly, but with more of a surface drama with little to nothing going on deep down. And the outer organism invading humans here uninspiringly runs the gamut between "Leviathan" and a zombie flick. Together it makes for a film that’s crawls at a snail’s pace, seems dull and isn’t great to look at – not exactly the ingredients for a sci-fi dish to die for.
Best Feature: All the actors who chat in the 'Making-of' featurette all seem to have their own school kid reasons for wanting to do a sci-fi flick of this type – just needed to pick a more interesting script guys!
Best Hidden Gem: Even though his role is quite small, I enjoy anytime seeing the great Elias Koteas, here playing the vulnerable leader of the mission.
Worth the Moola: An "Alien" copy without the tasty trimmings will leave fans hungry.