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RED PLANET
This story ultimately demonstrates the needful compatibility of faith and science.

RED PLANET
(2000)


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This page was last updated on May 29, 2005

Directed by Antony Hoffman
Writing credits (WGA) Chuck Pfarrer (story) Chuck Pfarrer, and Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay)

Val Kilmer .... Robby Gallagher
Tom Sizemore .... Dr. Quinn Burchenal
Carrie-Anne Moss .... Commander Kate Bowman
Benjamin Bratt .... Ted Santen
Simon Baker .... Chip Pettengill
Terence Stamp .... Dr. Bud Chantillas
Produced by Bruce Berman, Mark Canton Stephen Jones (associate), Andrew Mason (executive), Chuck Pfarrer (executive), Jorge Saralegui, Charles J.D. Schlissel (executive)
Original music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky
Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert Dallas Puett

Rated PG

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1. Tower That Ate People, The - Peter Gabriel [Music] 2. Inferno, The - Emma Shapplin [Music] 3. Thousand Years, A - Sting [Music] 4. Mars Red Planet - Graeme Revell [Music] 5. Fifth Heaven, The - Emma Shaplin [Music] 6. Mantok Point - Strange Cargo 7. Canto XXX - Emma Shaplin 8. Alone - Graeme Revell 9. Dante's Eternal Flame - Melissa Kaplan/Graeme Revell 10. Crash Landing - Graeme Revell 11. Tower That Ate People, The - Peter Gabriel (remix) 12. When The World Is Running Down (You Can't Go Wrong) - (Different Gear Vs. The Police mix)
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Not a sound. Not a warning.
Not a chance. Not alone.

SYNOPSIS:
Mission Commander Kate Bowman (Carrie-Anne Moss) is the pilot and commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race.

It?s 2050, earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming Project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed: a crash-landing leaves them without scientific, communication or escape equipment, and causes their military mapping and exploration robot to malfunction into an enemy, relentlessly dedicated to breaking the team down. Defying orders from Houston, Bowman refuses to leave Gallagher (Val Kilmer), with whom she shares an intense emotional bond, and the others (Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker and Terence Stamp), and instead attempts to guide them back from above.

But as the landing team explores the harsh new planet desperately seeking a way out, they make the most terrifying and baffling discovery of all: Mars may be barren, but it?s not uninhabited.

Val Kilmer (?Heat,? ?The Prince of Egypt?), Tom Sizemore(?Saving Private Ryan?), Carrie-Anne Moss (?The Matrix?), Benjamin Bratt (TV?s ?Law & Order?), Simon Baker (?L.A. Confidential?) and Terence Stamp (?The Limey?) star in ?Red Planet,? an epic romantic adventure about one crew?s intense struggle for survival against the most extreme odds imaginable.
? 2000 Warner Bros.

REVIEW BY DAVID BRUCE
Warning some spoilers in final 3 frames
Click to enlargeLOOKING BEYOND SCIENCE.
The story begins on a spacecraft deep in outer space near Mars. In a conversation we hear senior scientist, Dr. Bud Chantillas,
say, "Science could not answer any of the important questions. So, I turned to philosophy and I have been looking for God ever since." This statement, repeated twice, sets the deeper meaning of the film.
Click to enlargeDISCUSSING THE MISSION.
The object in the mission is to bring life to Mars. Humans need to save themselves from their ecological sins against planet Earth. This situation represents the human need of salvation from our own evil.
Click to enlargeSALVATION TECHNOLOGY.
The means of salvation is through technology and human effort. For the past twenty years humans have planted algae on Mars to produce an inhabitable atmosphere. But, things have not worked out. Their mission is to fix the problem.
Click to enlargeRELATIONSHIP -AND THINGS THAT GET IN THE WAY.
There is a basic need in all of us for relationship. The relationships in this movie are very superficial. No depth at all. In the picture (right) Robby and Kate find it difficult to get past the technology and space suits. There is one scene where Robby walks into the shower room and discovers Kate in the shower -naked -stripped of all technology -like God made her. Robby enjoys the moment. But, it cannot last. The relationship quickly finds its center, once again, in objects, technology and professional goals. A natural pure relationship is some how impossible. A comment on our times.
Click to enlargeWOMAN AS HEAD OF THE MISSION.
I love the recent strong inclusion of women in high levels of position within popular mythology. This is important if equality is ever to be achieved. It is Commander Kate Bowman who saves the lives of her entire team when technology fails them.
Click to enlargeLIFE AS SURPRISE AND MYSTERY.
The landing on Mars goes badly and they lose the spacecraft and most of their technology. Here again, is a situation of facing life stripped naked of all technology. The idea of not being able to control the world around us is frightening to our culture. To rely on a divine power greater than ourselves is culturally unthinkable.
Click to enlargeLIFE AS SURPRISE AND MYSTERY.
As they journey on foot across the surface of Mars they are surprised to find that the vast fields of algae are gone.

Click to enlargeLIFE AS SURPRISE AND WONDER.
Next they learn that there is a breathable atmosphere on Mars. But, how is this possible without the atmosphere-producing algae? They wonder. We learn later that life already existed on Mars.

By the way--
The need to find life in space is a reflection of our need to know we are not alone in the universe. The subject of God comes up about four times in the story, underscoring the hope that --we are not alone.

Click to enlargeLIFE AS SURPRISE AND MYSTERY.
First there were four.
One dies of injury.
Manslaughter claims another.
Natural forces (Divine justice?) claim the murderer.
This story involving the four men is really about the human situation that we all live in.

Some of the spoken lines are:
"Maybe life is more mysterious than we think."
"God moves in mysterious ways."

Click to enlargeAND THEN THERE WAS ONE!
The story takes an interesting turn in its final moments. It reverts back to technology. But now technology is presented in a different light, and not as the master of salvation. Human determination (faith) and the unseen presence of God are now the keys to salvation and relationship. Technology becomes the slave and faith becomes the master.

Click to enlargeSALVATION COMES THROUGH FAITH.
The story ultimately demonstrates the needful compatibility of faith and science.

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BATTLE AT EDEN
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000
From: Rob

Hi there! I enjoyed reading your critique on Red planet and how you drew out some of the deeper elements of the movie. I've not seen it yet but will do so when it comes out on video - can't get out for such extravagence with 2 young lads. I do agree that man does understand the need to look beyond technology in order to overcome our problems. But even though the film does give token comments about God, I believe that man today in general looks towards a god within rather than a god without. Ultimately, man is portrayed as the hero everytime (or woman). OK we do have heroes in the bible like Gideon and Joshua etc. but they always expressed humility and looked to God rather than faith. In truth we are absolutely useless and have lost our original position as God intended. If this film was to be synonomous of our role in entering the Garden Of Eden, then it would have to show a third party intervening on our behalf. We, having lost our battle at Eden, have a great need to see ourselves as being resourceful and capable of winning and overcoming all creation.
Nice to talk.
Rob

SIX WORDS
Subject: The last few seconds of narration . . .
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000
From: Jim Boke Tomlin

The last few seconds of narration . . .
Jim Boke Tomlin
in Santa Monica
NOTE: Yes, for the moment at least (smile), those six words are my entire comment.

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