Have Your Say: Which Film Made Best Use Of Mars?

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Have Your Say: Which Film Made Best Use Of Mars?
Last week we asked everyone what their favorite film featuring the Moon was (blood-moon hype going on and all...), but this week another astronomical location featured heavily in the news: Mars, and this was because of the stellar (haha) box office by Ridley Scott's The Martian.

Of course that film has been covered here a few times already. We have Jason Gorber's very positive review, and Matt Brown wondered in his column why our increased knowledge about the red planet has only made it less colorful.

Matt's article especially makes mention of Mars as the filmic wonderland it used to be, a fantasy adventure world filled with tropical treasures, scantily clad princesses and huge dinosaurs. Still, using Mars as a sterile place of hazard can result in great cinema as well. So this week, let's copy-cat last week's question but replace the planet.

Which film made the best use of Mars?
All opinions count, so chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

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KurtOctober 6, 2015 10:22 AM

Twitch Writer, Matt Brown & I, deep-focused this particular question on a recent micro-podcast GET YOUR CAST TO MARS (http://www.rowthree.com/2015/0... ), and the 'best looking' Mars movies are the ones shot in the Wadi Rum valley in Jordan (Red Planet, Last Days on Mars, The Martian), but the craziest most awe-inspiring movie was shot on a huge Russian Sound Stage in the 1920s, and is clearly the inspiration for Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS...That'd be the adaptation of Tolstoy's AELITA (aka QUEEN OF MARS). It's marvellous.

Unflinching_EyeOctober 6, 2015 11:13 AM

I think I'm gonna have to go with THE MARTIAN. It's just so beautifully and believably realised. Before last week I probably would have gone with Total Recall.

Ard VijnOctober 7, 2015 7:16 AM

I've always loved this beer advert, taking place on Mars of all places:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Ard VijnOctober 7, 2015 7:18 AM

Good call! TOTAL RECALL actually merges both sides: it's an adventure film with the requisite adolescent sex and violence, AND it uses Mars as a realistically brutal environment!

Mr. CavinOctober 8, 2015 4:23 AM

I like ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS a lot. I'd also like to note that MISSION TO MARS has almost the same plot as PROMETHEUS, but with the look of THE MARTIAN. Weird, no? Takes two Ridley Scott movies to make just one Brian De Palma film? I jest, I jest.