Last Days on Mars

Set in the closing hours of a 6 month-long manned international expedition to the Red Planet’s dusty surface, a Russian scientist discovers an odd bacteria that turns the astronauts to zombies, one by one. Yes, Last Days on Mars is about zombies in space. Zombies. In. Space. This is of course, all completely rocking!

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Now I’ll admit that there’s very, very little in Last Days on Mars that you haven’t seen before; spartan landscapes (thanks Jordan), lovely authentic science-y spaceman-y looking stuff, a grumbly mismatched crew (Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, cute Tom Cullen, awesome Olivia William – stand out here as the shrewish Aldrich – plus a couple of D-list Brits who die badly and early), some flashy lights, some air vents, some kak-handed attempts at long distance radio transmissions. It’s a UK-Ireland co-production, and it feels like a European film; it’s less flashy and more understated somehow. Go on, I’ll say it: it’s bland. But it’s still thrilling enough in places to make it not a total write-off. Sadly, I had to put up with the Redhead yawning and fidgeting and playing with his iPad throughout. He said it was boring. Whatevs. I enjoyed it.