A group of cops is sent to a remote mining outpost on Mars to bring back a notorious criminal accused of murder. What they don’t realize is that the mining outpost has awakened an ancient invasion defense system that has remained dormant for the last 200 years.
Natasha Henstridge (Melanie), Ice Cube (Williams), Jason Statham (Hericho), Clea DuVall (Kincaid), Pam Grier (Braddock), Joanna Cassidy (Whitlock), Richard Cetrone (Big Daddy Mars), Rosemary Forsyth (Inquisitor), Liam Waite (Descanso), Duane Davis (Uno).
Ghosts of Mars takes a bit to get up and running but when it does it looks a lot like many other John Carpenter films. This one could easily have been called Zombies on Mars given the plot. Essentially, and evil presence takes over the minds of some on Mars, turning them into frenzied destructive creatures. Make them like eating brains and poof, instant zombie flick. But without the zombies, this turned into your basic sci-fi action flick with guns.
Acting was actually decent with Henstridge and Cube both doing pretty well. It was fun seeing Statham being lecherous, as well as being in more of a supporting role. DuVall was a snooze with no energy at all and Cassidy was in type as a strange doctor. The remainder of the supporting cast was decent.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were entertaining and almost fit the film. The buildings and backgrounds just didn’t feel like something you would see 200 years into the future. Effects were decent other than the red fog and red first person shots which seemed a bit elementary. Dialogue was decent with moments of campy that snuck in. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall Ghosts of Mars is a mid-level sci-fi action flick that could have stood for a bit more depth. Again though, the film looks like classic John Carpenter beginning to end and his fans will likely enjoy this one the most.
With plenty of violence, gore, foul language, and some drug use this should be fine for older teens and above.
Ghosts of Mars is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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