Mission To Mars

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

In this intriguing, thought-provoking space adventure set in 2020 AD, a crew of NASA astronauts make it to the planet Mars. But when they are attacked by a ferocious tornado-like force, the team loses contact with earth. NASA hurriedly launches another space ship, commanded by two experienced astronauts (Tim Robbins and Gary Sinise), to rescue them. However, serious ship malfunctions plague the trip as the astronauts struggle desperately to stay alive and reach Mars. Adventurous spacewalks by the crew outside the ship are particularly suspenseful. Audiences will pull for the astronauts as they strive to reach Mars and fascinated to learn what awaits them there. The cinematography and special effects in this science-fiction drama are impressive and the actors give believable performances. Much of the film focuses on the emotions and interactions of the crew, especially the relationship between a husband-wife team (Tim Robbins and Connie Nielsen). More character oriented than most sci-fi adventures, the story has elements similar to many other space adventures and will likely appeal to a broad audience.

In spite of the intense action and excitement in this space adventure, it does not deteriorate into gratuitous, gory violence. And it portrays the friendship, loyalty and feelings of the crew and their willingness to risk their lives for each other. Each member of the crew seems concerned about the personal well-being of others. However, in times of crises, some of the crew blurt out mild crudities and several profanities, but at other times, they show reverence for God. One of the original crew who survives (Don Cheadle) even thanks God for sparing his life. The husband and wife team on the rescue ship, kiss and dance intimately, but theres no sexual content or nudity in the film. Unfortunately, typical of science fiction stories, some scenes portray the theory of evolution as scientific fact, which can mislead audiences. If not for this erroneous implication and several regular profanities, MISSION TO MARS could be recommended entertainment for all but very young members of the family.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista (Touchstone/Disney), 300 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (18) times - Mild 14, moderate 4

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Many (19) times - Regular 9 (J 7, GD 1, C 1,), Exclamatory 10 (OG 4, OMG 5, other 1)

Violence: Several times - Moderate and few times severe (Astronauts sucked into tornado like force, mans hand injured, man sacrifices life to save wife and other crew members, crazed man attacks another, space ships destroyed)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times Moderate (Comical reference to male genitals, man subtly propositions woman, man and wife kiss and dance intimately)

Drugs: Few times - Social drinking at party

Other: Man thanks God for sparing his life, theory of evolution portrayed as fact

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Persons 7 years and older

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