Review: The Last Days on Mars / Cert: 15 / Director: Ruairi Robinson / Screenplay: Clive Dawson / Starring: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams / Release Date: 11th April
This feature film debut from Ruari Robinson centres on the first manned mission to Mars. We find ourselves on the Tantalus Base, headed up by Commander Brunel (Koteas), as the crew are getting ready to depart the red planet. That is, until a strange discovery is made. When scientist Marko (Goran Kostic) decides to leave the ship to investigate a potential living organism, things take a turn for the dark and sinister. As tragedy strikes, the rest of the crew, with Schreiber’s Campbell at the fore, attempt a recovery mission. With other members of the crew experiencing their own traumas, it appears that this initial discovery is a lot more troubling than first perceived. So much so, the affected crew members seem to turn into some sort of zombie.
A unique premise, there is a lot of plus points about The Last Days on Mars. Schreiber, an actor that often divides opinion, does well as the lead of the film, and Olivia Williams and Elias Koteas also shine. That said, it’s always good to see Koteas in anything! The zombie spin offers something different, and it generally works.
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