Ghosts of Mars

2001 "Terror is the same on any planet."
4.9| 1h38m| R| en| More Info
Released: 24 August 2001 Released
Producted By: Screen Gems
Country: United States of America
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In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find the post deserted and something far more dangerous than any criminal — the original inhabitants of Mars, hellbent on getting their planet back.

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Karry Best movie of this year hands down!
Scanialara You won't be disappointed!
Baseshment I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
Loui Blair It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
bnewman-90010 This movie fits well within the "Why-Did-They-Even-Bother-to-Make-This-Movie?" category. The best way to view this film is in the Super Fast Forward Mode!
freedoman If this movie didn't give us enough looks at Natasha Henstridge, I would give it 1 star, but we do get to look at her so it gets 2.
sol- Set in a future in which humankind has colonised and terraformed Mars, a Martian police officer recalls the supernatural circumstances by which her entire squad disappeared, leaving her handcuffed, after a mission to escort a criminal went sour in this John Carpenter movie. The film has a reputation as one of Carpenter's weakest efforts, but it is a step up from 'The Ward' and, as usual, Carpenter establishes mood and atmosphere well. The central mystery is decent too and the abandoned Martian village that the policeman and her unit encounter is quite spooky. It has been compared to an Old West ghost town and there is an added tinge of danger in the air with all the unearthly red dust/dirt and gloomy Martian skies. Unfortunately the film does little beyond this to maximise the awe and wonder of the setting; the planet is so massively terraformed that gravity, air and water do not pose any restrictions. As such, it often feels like the story could have been easily set on Earth without losing anything. The narrative structure is also irksome. Not only is 90% of the film told in flashback, but there are also flashbacks within the flashbacks, which leads to the film feeling massively dragged out despite an under 100 minute length. The action scenes are pretty one-note too. And yet, there are still moments when Carpenter's genius shines through; the first person point-of-view possession scenes are very well done, for instance. This is not a great film by any means, but neither is it quite the turkey one that might expect for a film that put its director off movie-making for nearly a decade.
zoran_kamen First you think this movie is simple and dumb. But when you watch it slowly grows under ur skin. And then you are just glued until the end when it builds up ! There is some special energy which take this moviebeyond all 1000s of action/horror similar movies ! And when you see Carpenter is director, then u know why have this special energy that makes you not forgettin this movies as some crap ! If You lack energy and courage see this movie and you will be healed. Fpr example; there are possessions by ghosts but not just any ghosts--they are primordial Mars spirits ! And what is MArs ? Its planet of war ! So we have only movie in history which embodies energy of Mars. Its no coincidence that music is made by masters of metal music which is also as genre connected with MArs energy ! Steve Vai, Anthrax, Buckethead... This movie is special even if IMDb and Rotten T. is not very high, this movie is special, good and its CULT !!!