By Dave B.
In The Last Days on Mars (2013, currently on Hulu), an international team of astronauts make an historic finding hours before they're scheduled to begin their journey back to Earth: microbial life on Mars. However, this joyous discovery quickly turns into a nightmare as the lifeforms infect and alter the crew, killing and then reviving them and turning them into dangerous creatures hellbent on consuming their comrades.
This is an odd movie. It’s a science fiction horror movie whose plot is extremely predictable and with writing that is uninspired, at best. And personally, I’m almost never a fan of horror movies in which zombie-like creatures are capable of high-level thinking and tool use. But the acting performances are surprisingly strong, the score is impressive, and the cinematography and direction are solid. The movie’s depiction of the daily life of astronauts is also more accurate than is found in many movies of this type and budget. Frankly, I’m shocked by how much consideration and effort went into every aspect of this movie EXCEPT the script.
The Last Days on Mars isn’t a good movie. But despite not offering anything new to either the science fiction or the horror genres, it manages to have enough technical quality (and just enough scares) to hold viewers’ attention throughout its 90 minute runtime. Plus, I’m a fan of the film’s lead actor, Liev Schreiber. So, I’m recommending The Last Day on Mars exclusively for hardcore fans of science fiction horror movies. But more causal fans of science fiction and/or horror movies may want to give this one a pass.
I have no clue what I'm doing, but I'll keep doing whatever it is to the best of my ability.