Ghosts of Mars
Movie Stats & Links
Ice Cube, Pam Grier
||Only if you want them to have
||She might get scared and snuggle.
||It would have added a star.
||Lots of decapitations and gore.
||People chasing people.
||Some of the lines and scenes are
||The monsters are scary.
"Ghosts of Mars" tries to take the horror
genre and mix it with a little bit of the western mentality. Does it
work? A little because the western side really gets lost in the
horror, and thatís not a bad thing.
Ghosts of Mars
A Movie Review
The movie takes place on Mars in the future (duh?). A group of
cops are being sent to pick up "Desolation" Williams (Ice
Cube), being held at one of the mining outposts for some murders and
a robbery. The movie opens with Lt. Ballard (Natasha Henstridge)
being questioned by her superiors about what happened at the mining
outpost and why she came back on an empty train. She begins to tell
Basically, her tale tells of their arrival at the mining outpost
to find the place seemingly deserted. The only people who appear to
be alive are those locked up in jail. Eventually, after
investigating around the outpost, they stumble upon the zombie-like
creatures who really donít want our human friends around. As it
turns out, these zombie-like creatures came about because of an old
alien race. It seems that somehow they died out millions of years
ago but their spirits were locked up in an old tomb. Well, as miners
sometimes do, our miners unlocked the tomb, unleashing the alien
spirits that take over the human forms of the miners. The aliens
want their planet back, and since spirits can jump from one body to
another if the host body dies, well, Iím thinking theyíve got a
pretty good shot at getting the planet back. Sorry, Iím digressing
Anyway, Ballard knows she is gonna need all the help she can get
to get back to the train and leave the outpost alive, so she trusts
Williams and his band of bad guys to help with the plan to get to
the train. Things donít go as well as planned and in the end
Ballard is left alone on the train to bring her tales of woe and how
these aliens might still be making their way to re-take Mars.
"Ghosts of Mars" is a pretty decent action flick, and
if you are looking for some quality kills, decapitations, and just
plain-out gore than this is a movie for you. Sure, the plot is a
little weak, Natasha keeps most of her clothes on (no nudity, but a
nice scene in her underwear), and Ice Cube still plays just a great
bad guy with a tender side, but something was just lacking and Iím
still trying to figure out exactly what. I guess the only thing I
can really put my finger on are some of the dorky things that
happened or were said, like Ballardís inquiring if a big bang
would accompany a nuclear explosion, that just took away from the
action and suspense and snapped me back into the "Why are
people in movies so stupid" mode.
Iíd say catch a matinee, or this might be a good rental with
your honey where she can get all squeamish and bury her head in your
shoulder when people get their heads chopped off. Letís wrap this
with 2 Ĺ stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!