The Last Days on Mars

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The Last Days on Mars
Last Days on Mars Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRuairí Robinson
Produced by
Screenplay byClive Dawson
Based on"The Animators" 
by Sydney J. Bounds
Starring
Music byMax Richter
CinematographyRobbie Ryan
Editing byPeter Lambert
Studio
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 20 May 2013 (2013-05-20) (Cannes)
  • 19 September 2013 (2013-09-19) (United Kingdom)
  • 6 December 2013 (2013-12-06) (US)
Running time98 minutes
CountryIreland
United Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
 
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The Last Days on Mars
Last Days on Mars Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRuairí Robinson
Produced by
Screenplay byClive Dawson
Based on"The Animators" 
by Sydney J. Bounds
Starring
Music byMax Richter
CinematographyRobbie Ryan
Editing byPeter Lambert
Studio
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 20 May 2013 (2013-05-20) (Cannes)
  • 19 September 2013 (2013-09-19) (United Kingdom)
  • 6 December 2013 (2013-12-06) (US)
Running time98 minutes
CountryIreland
United Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish

The Last Days on Mars is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed by Ruairí Robinson with a screenplay by Clive Dawson, based on the short story "The Animators" by Sydney J. Bounds. It was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film received a limited release on 19 September 2013 in the United Kingdom. It is scheduled for limited release in the United States on 6 December 2013. Its small cast stars Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Goran Kostić, Johnny Harris, Tom Cullen, Yusra Warsama and Olivia Williams.[2]

Plot[edit]

A research crew of eight inhabiting the Tantalus Base outpost on Mars are 19 hours from the completion of a six month mission and a rendezvous with the lander Aurora, which will return them to their main orbiting craft.

Scientist Marko Petrovic (Goran Kostić) has found samples that may point to life on the planet. Without revealing his discovery he devises a ruse for one last sojourn on the surface. Crewmate Richard Harrington (Tom Cullen) drives Petrovic, in a solar powered rover, to the spot where he had found the sample. Having obtained soil with the biological agent present Petrovic is about to return to the rover when he is swallowed by a fissure. Captain Charles Brunel (Elias Koteas) and crewmate Lauren Dalby (Yusra Warsama) plan to explore the pit to retrieve Marko's body. Dalby remains at the pit but disappears before the team can return with equipment. Led by Brunel and Vincent Campbell (Liev Schrieber) the pit is eventually explored and some sort of life is found to be present and growing.

Dalby and Marko reappear at the main outpost having been mutated by the Martian biological agents: they are now fast, aggressive, and zombie-like with blackened skin and no trace of their original personalities. Harrington is killed with a power drill and the other crew members are attacked. The bulk of the movie's middle section is taken up with fights and escapes from the zombie beings through the habitat modules of the Martian base. Brunel is killed and reanimates with the infection. Scientist Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams)—who had often infuriated her crewmates—is deliberately left to die by Robert Irwin (Johnny Harris) who emerges as the most self-serving of the crew. Rebecca Lane (Romola Garai) is also injured.

Eventually Campbell, Irwin, and Lane flee the base on a rover with zombies in pursuit. When the rover's power runs down the three must get to the other rover. Under the pretense of a scouting operation Irwin steals the second rover arguing that Lane is infected due to a wound. Waiting for the sun to rise and the solar powered batteries to recharge, Campbell falls asleep and Lane flees knowing that she is likely to turn into a zombie. When he wakes he goes after her, but is forced to kill her when she turns to a zombie. Campbell and Irwin separately converging on the Aurora lander, where the lander's crew are killed by zombies and a clearly infected Irwin initiates a launch, taking him and Campbell into orbit. Campbell kills Irwin and ejects the body and virulent blood droplets into the vacuum of space.

Campbell leaves a time delayed message for mission control saying he does not have enough fuel for a rendezvous but that supplies aboard can last for months if they want to launch a rescue. He argues that this may not be advisable as he may be infected himself, having found a tiny cut on his face. The movie ends before he gets a reply.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming mainly took place in Jordan.

Visual effects[edit]

The visual effects for The Last Days on Mars were done by Screen Scene VFX. Independent visual effects supervisor Adam McInnes and Screen Scene VFX visual effects supervisor Ed Bruce supervised a team in Dublin, Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of films in Cannes Directors' Fortnight". Cannes Film Festival. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Tilly, Chris (19 July 2012). "First Look: Last Days on Mars". IGN. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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