Friday, January 08, 2010

Red Planet

This movie is the only film -yes, you heard that right- the only film directed by Antony Hoffman, and having just finished watching it I fully understand why. Red Planet (2000) is dreadful, and makes no sense. No sense at all. We kept looking at each other, stunned by the awfulness of the thing, instead of focusing on the film. Sadly, The Daughter claims to prefer it to Play Time, saying that at least Red Planet has a plot. Even if it makes no sense. It may well be the worst film I have seen that I actually own the DVD of. Val Kilmer stars with Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker and Terence Stamp.


Moria says the biggest problem is the ending. Roger Ebert is kind, saying that it "would have been a great 1950s science fiction film." The New York Times says it "could be a textbook case of a potential blockbuster hopelessly intimidated by its own technology and boxed in by tired formulas." Images Journal says,
Red Planet is a clumsy, pedestrian effort that is always just a few seconds away from becoming downright boring.
Red Planet never completely drifts into tedium, but everything that happens is so familiar that the movie feels like a paint-by-numbers endeavor, cobbled from a litany of readily identifiable sources.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:31 AM

    His _only_ film? I am shocked! SHOCKED! With the mastery of the craft he demonstrated in this epic piece of film making? Is there no justice?

    A Pal