Mission to Mars
DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA
CAST: GARY SINISE, TIM ROBBINS, DON CHEADLE
SCREENPLAY - JIM THOMAS, JOHN THOMAS, GRAHAM YOST
MUSIC - ENNIO MORRICONE
De Palma’s only science-fiction saga is a brightly colored, emotionally generous twist on Kubrick’s ultimate space trip, starring Connie Nielsen, Tim Robbins, and Gary Sinise as astronauts on a rescue mission to save the members of a spacecraft (headed by Don Cheadle) that had been sucked into a vortex on Mars. What they discover—the meaning of life??—is ultimately less important than De Palma’s elegant suspense sequences and marvelous camera work, whether during a spacewalk or a backyard picnic.