By the year 2025, planet Earth has become so polluted that colonization on Mars is necessary. To survive on the angry planet, algae is grown to produce needed oxygen. But by 2056, while Earth is still struggling to survive, a problem has occurred on Mars. Scarab-like creatures (remember “The Mummy”) are devouring the algae and creating all sorts of havoc. As with every space exploration epic since “Forbidden Planet,” this crew discovers the hard way that other celestial bodies don’t want us there!
Have you noticed that in several of his films, actor Val Kilmer looks like he’d rather be someplace else? He’s a good actor, but he often appears bored to death. And, in Red Planet, I can understand why. The script is not just routine, it’s downright dull. No lesson is learned. There’s little insight. Even the mindless action disapoints. Other films such as the “Star Wars Trilogy,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “War of the Worlds,” or “The Day The Earth Stood Still” have done better with capturing the viewers’ imagination while thrilling them with daring-do.