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‘Red Planet’ is an outer-space expedition that ultimately goes nowhere

July 8, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
July 8, 2015

Fifteen years ago, two big red cinematic bombs were unleashed upon the movie-going public. The marginally superior of these two films was Mission to Mars, a Brian De Palma helmed effort that debuted in March 2000 and starred Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle and Tim Robbins. The other Mars movie was Red Planet, a November release headlined by Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore.

Mission to Mars was an ideas movie with action, an attempt by a great director to make a successor to 2001: A Space Odyssey. By contrast, Red Planet was an action movie with ideas — an effort to replicate the original Jurassic Park in a science fiction milieu. By this I mean not that Red Planet is a monster movie, as Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster is, but that, like the earlier movie, Red Planet attempts to envelop its candy-coated center with a veneer of scientific concepts.

There are plenty of differences between the two movies, of course, one of them being that Jurassic Park had an excellent script. Red Planet can’t claim the same, unfortunately. It was penned by Chuck Pfarrer and Jonathan Lemkin, who between them have no credit more impressive than Navy Seals or The Devil’s Advocate. Which isn’t to say that these movies — or their other outings, such as Virus or Shooter — are bad; it’s just that, like Red Planet, they’re simply not very distinguished.

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Psychological thriller ‘Unthinkable’ contemplates torture and ticking bombs

November 20, 2012

Special Agent Helen Brody and her Los Angeles-based FBI counterterrorism team have spent the past nine months keeping tabs on area Muslims whom some believe to have violent inclinations. They have yet to find any actual evidence of terrorism.

Suddenly, every television channel on the dial begins showing pictures of Steven Arthur Younger and three separate rooms. Younger, a white-skinned American man of no particular physical distinction, is reported to be armed and extremely dangerous; the public is asked to report any sighting immediately.

The next day, Brody’s boss, Assistant Director Jack Saunders, reassigns her team to an abandoned, isolated high school that has been repurposed as a secretive Army base. Saunders, Brody and her agents are then shown a video recorded by Younger.

Younger identifies himself as a devout Muslim. He has hidden three nuclear bombs in three American cities, he says. Unless his demands are met, the bombs will detonate in a few days, at noon Pacific time on Friday, Oct. 21. Younger makes no demands, instead proceeding to show three nuclear bombs in three locations. He displays and describes the bombs in great detail. He does not identify the specific locations or cities in which he has placed the nuclear devices.

The public has been shown still frames of the three rooms from the video, all scrubbed of any sign of a bomb. Brody’s team must find the weapons before they explode.

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