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Passage to Mars

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Jean-Christophe Jeaufrre

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About the Movie

Before man makes it to Mars, he must conquer the Arctic. Passage to Mars is the incredible true story of six men who embark on a treacherous, 2,000-mile journey across the forbidding tundra of the Northwest Passage—an alien voyage on planet Earth designed to prepare NASA astronauts for an eventual mission to Mars. But as an expedition that was supposed to take weeks stretches into a two-year odyssey, the crew must overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and life-threatening conditions if they hope to realize their dreams of someday reaching the Red Planet. This breathtaking adventure features narration by Zachary Quinto and special guest voice appearances by Buzz Aldrin and Academy Award (R) nominee Charlotte Rampling.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 3.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [A] misguided hybrid that makes tediously clear from the outset that [its] conceit just isn't working. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Oct 6, 2016

Rotten: Danger doesn't quite translate into sustained drama here, in part because the reliance on voiceover distances us from the action. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 30, 2016

Rotten: Unable to develop any of the team members as personalities or to evoke the supposed otherworldliness of its arctic setting, it becomes a testament to the fact that a sense of wonder doesn't mean jack without the talent or art needed to express it. – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, Sep 29, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Such an amazing adventure!

Fascinating and beautiful!

Wow. This doc sounds and looks like a fiction (neat cinematography and sound), but this is the real deal. A true-life adventure. Thought-provoking, epic, haunting. The film stays with long after. The narration is unusual. Zachary Quinto reads the expedition log of NASA mission leader (Pascal Lee) as he would write it out loud. Purely engaging and intriguing. The parallel journey between the Arctic and Mars is very subtle and brings those worlds together in an almost surreal manner. There is more poetry than science - even though you learn bunch of new things about Mars. You are on board with the crew, immersed. Incredible documentary. Make sure you have the 5.1 in your living room, and your journey will be complete.

Incredibly boring, a big disappointment

This movie is a lame documentary about a small group of people "pretending" to be taking a journey across the surface of Mars supposedly to test out equipment and what the conditions would be like - by taking a long trek through Antarctica. Except they are not testing out any equipment that would actually be used on Mars, they are in a modified Humvee with a Diesel engine (not exactly a Mars rover) and several snowmobiles towing what looks like home-made wooden sleds. It's like a group of guys got together and decided to do a make believe trip and pretend they are on Mars. It's really lame. The "adventure" in this movie is what looks like contrived "emergencies" where they get stuck in the snow or worry about their power steering (15 minutes of "apollo 13" type of panic over their "mission" only to check the fluid and it's okay, then a lot of drama about if the engine will start again or not, but of course it starts right up). Aside from that it's just shot after shot of them driving through a blank landscape of snow, scenes of them in sleeping bags or melting snow for water and eating oatmeal out of plastic cups. The Mars part of it is low-budget computer animated pictures of Mars and conjecture about what it might be like. There is no sense of adventure really it's quite boring and to bill this as some kind of mars movie is a joke. They are guys wearing snow suits in snowmobiles and a humvee. One of the most boring movies I have ever seen. I was expecting they would be testing some kind of real Mars rover and some of the real gear that might be used on Mars. And the only NASA part of this movie is one of the guys has a Nasa logo sewed onto their jacket. Stopped watching 3/4 of the way through since I was falling asleep. In my opinion don't waste your time and money renting it. Whatever the reasons these guys jumped in a humvee and couple of snowmobiles to take a trip, it's not worthy of a movie I can tell you that.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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