After the inevitable glitch that causes spacecraft malfunction, a bunch of likely lads and one aging wiseguy get tumbled onto Mars, while their female captain is left to attempt to right the ship, which she does with a firmly clenched jaw while wearing tightly-fitting camisoles. Added into this mix are the usual disembodied voices of computer-generated commands and Amee, a skeletal robot who, having flipped her lid, is locked in her search and destroy mode. There is also the hidden threat of alien life-forms.
Having failed to create enough tension while on the outbound journey, the director can find little or no pay-off on landing. Stumbling around in their spacesuits, the actors seem isolated from each other inside and out. There's not much they can do with their few lines of dialogue amid the blanket of special effects. The death scenes are trotted out with predictable pacing, but have little shock value and don't even provide the stars with opportunities to chew the scenery in any entertaining way. Starring Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Baker and Terence Stamp. Directed by Antony Hoffman. Written by Chuck Pfarrer and Jonathan Lemkin. Produced by Mark Canton, Bruce Berman and Jorge Saralegui. A Warner Bros. release. SF/Thriller. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief nudity and language. Running time: 106 min