Brian De Palma directed this science-fiction suspense story. When the United States sends its first manned mission to Mars, hopes are high for new scientific discoveries, but many of those hopes are dashed when the Mars crew meets an unexplained disaster; three members of the mission are killed, and a fourth (Don Cheadle) loses all radio contact with the Earth. A rescue mission sets out to bring back the one survivor; in the process, they discover that Mars may not be a dead planet after all, and uncover some startling evidence about the fate of their predecessors. The rescue crew includes Gary Sinise, Jerry O'Connell, Connie Nielsen and Tim Robbins. The screenplay was partially by award-winning playwright Ted Tally, who won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay of The Silence of the Lambs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
One of the best movies involving future space travel that I've seen, with everything pretty much seeming plausible (at least in an action movie sort of way), until very late in the movie, then it goes into the realm of strictly sci-fi, but very nicely done, with great sensitivity, making it easier to believe- that is, if your inclined to think open-mindedly about such things. And it seems any scene with Sinise in it is a good scene just because he's in it, he has a low key charisma that enhances every scene he's in. This movie's also good if your get bored with take-off and landing scenes - there aren't any in this movie. All of a sudden your out in space "a hundred million miles" away (although I don't thnk that could be right, with sun being only 93 miliion miles away, right?) No footage wasted on a take-off scene, but the way it's done, you don't really miss it - there are bigger stories being told here, and scenes like that would in a way seem superfluous.