Ghosts of Mars

2001

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

57
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 21%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 24%
IMDb Rating 4.9 10 46399

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Cast

Jason Statham as Sgt Jericho Butler
Ice Cube as Desolation Williams
Natasha Henstridge as Lieutenant Melanie Ballard
Pam Grier as Commander Helena Braddock
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650.72 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 5 / 8
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English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 6 / 17

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by freedoman 2 / 10

A bunch of extras running around in left over halloween costumes.

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.

Reviewed by Evildad 3 / 10

17 years later, still sucks

I just watched this on Starz, so it was uncut, and before I got very far into it, I had to come here and see what others thought of it. I'm surprised at all the apologists for John Carpenter. "It will be a classic in another decade." Um, no.

First, the plot (something out of Mars' past has been released and is affecting the human colonists) is actually a very good idea. Heck, the general story itself wasn't bad. But the implementation, from the exposition (having the LT describe what happened) to the dialog to the silly battle scenes (the individual fight scenes in close quarters were actually quite good) was just mediocre. It doesn't help that Ice Cube can NOT act. When he runs into the fight randomly firing machine pistols out to each side with no attempt to aim or conserve ammo, I groaned audibly.

The idea that the LT's drugs could help fight off the "ghosts" was pretty good, and should have been explored. As a Jason Statham fan, I was disappointed at how wasted he was in his role in "Ghosts."

This could have been another "The Thing" if Carpenter hadn't wanted to have a fighting free-for-all. No, Carpenter has never had a hit movie, but he has made a few films that are very worthy of re-watches. This isn't one of them.

Reviewed by a_chinn 6 / 10

Ice Cube is stand-in for what would have been third Snake Plissken film

John Carpenters second to last theatrical film is an entertaining sci-fi remake of his early classic film "Assault of Predict 13," but is sadly nowhere as thrilling or as original as his best films. The film's story was originally going to be a third Snake Plissken film titled "Escape from Mars" with the exact same story and Plissken in the Desolation Williams role, but with the box office failure of "Escape from L.A." that plan was scrapped. Instead, this film features a terraformed Mars run by women in a matriarchal society when dangerous criminal Desolation Williams, Ice Cube, is supposed to be transported out of the mining colony by tough cop Natasha Henstridge. What goes wrong is that the ghosts of dead martians are accidentally released, who then possess the colony's miners, leading them to lay siege to the few surviving humans, which includes cops Henstridge, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall, and Pam Grier, who have put trust in master criminal Ice Cube in order to survive. In the miss column for the film, the special effects are disappointingly cheap, it's missing director Carpenter's trademark suspense and instead focuses on action, and the film in general seems to have too ambitious of a scope for it's limited budget. However, in the plus column, the film does feature a cool cast, music by Carpenter and Anthrax, and does feature Carpenter's trademark Howard Hawksian storytelling callbacks. Although this is certainly one of Carpenter's weaker films, it's still not all that bad of a film and is still entertaining.

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