The story takes place during the final hours of a six month mission to Mars. The final checks are being done and some are looking forward to getting home, while others wish they could stay longer and some are merely indifferent. However, one of the eight astronauts is especially interested in sticking around just a little longer to check out what may be the first signs of life on the planet yet. Hoping to get all the credit for the find, he ventures out without telling anyone the reason why, but unfortunately once he arrives the ground gives way taking him with it.
Release Date: 6 December 2013 (USA)
Genres: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Writers: Sydney J. Bounds (short story), Clive Dawson (screenplay)
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas
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The cast Robinson assembled is perfectly serviceable, and you can see hints of films such as Romero’s Dead franchise, the Alien films and The Thing, not only inspiring Robinson’s plot, but how to establish and use his characters. Liev Schreiber gets the majority of the film’s face time, but both Olivia Williams and Romola Garai play larger roles as strong female characters that aren’t simply along to serve as pretty faces. The rest of supporting cast includes Elias Koteas, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama, none of which stand out to warrant any major amount of attention.