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Total Film | The Last Days on Mars Review


It's a question even David Bowie couldn’t answer. Is there life on Mars? Well if Irish director Ruairí Robinson’s debut feature is anything to go by, there is indeed – and it ain’t pretty…

Nearing the end of a research mission to Mars, the crew of the Tantalus Base look set to return home empty-handed when science officer Petrovic (Goran Kostic) finds evidence of a new strain of bacteria on the surface. His field trip for a live sample doesn’t go quite as planned, forcing the captain (Elias Koteas) and his first officer (Liev Schreiber) to lead a rescue mission. Just who needs rescuing, however, is soon up for debate.

Playing like an indie Prometheus without the grand concept, TLDOM is a zombies-in-space movie that wears its influences on its sleeve. From Alien to The Thing via every claustrophobic sci-fi thriller and living-dead infection horror of note, no genre cliché is left unturned as, one-by-one, the Tantalus employees fall victim to the pathogen.

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