RV!: Mission to Mars (2000) Dir: Brian De Palma Date Released: March 10, 2000 Date Seen: April 21, 2012 Rating: 3.5/5
I'm surprised that much of this film's hard science fiction narrative falls as flat as it does. De Palma just doesn't really find a toehold into this film's narrative until the weird search-for-god-on-Mars plot kicks in. Mission to Mars strikes me as a weirdly literal adaptation of an Arthur C. Clarke story: very hard sf spine with a healthy amount of mysticism and theological speculation thrown in too. It doesn't totally work as it was adapted here. But I still dig it. Probably not as much as I did when I was rewatching it. But still, ooh, pretty.