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Mission to Mars
(2000)
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Hollywood Records
(March 14th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are attracted to strange and unusual experiments of music for the wonders of space, even if they don't seem to make any sense in context.

Avoid it... if you've always squirmed in your seat at old theme park space exploration rides because of their badly dated, 1960's style of cheesy soundtracks.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #290
WRITTEN 3/6/00, REVISED 7/8/08
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Mission to Mars: (Ennio Morricone) Director Brian De Palma must have thought that he had a definite winner with Mission to Mars. How he could have screwed it up so badly, in every element of production, is the most astounding aspect of the finished film. Relentlessly destroyed by critics and insulted in every conceivable fashion, Mission to Mars is a reliable example of how not to treat a promising concept for a plot outline. Humanity ventures to Mars for the first time in 2020, and when the first mission goes horribly wrong on the red planet, a rescue mission has to be attempted. By the time the CGI aliens make themselves seen and the film answers our questions about the origins of humanity, Mission to Mars is almost laughable. Aside from terrible acting, questionable sound effects, and pacing in the story that will put some viewers to sleep, the cerebral nature of the script and its lofty tone of dialogue, as well as interminable sequences that take up far too much of the film, are the doom of Mission to Mars. Also highly controversial is the score by De Palma collaborator Ennio Morricone, who approached the film with a viewpoint that remains murky to this day. Certainly, the film didn't have room for a space opera score in a John Williams mould. Nor could it utilize the kind of straightforward, lyrical and romantic music that Morricone often provided the mass of European films that have defined his career. Mission to Mars debuted in the same year was the equally ridiculed Red Planet, for which composer Graeme Revell wrote an odd, but highly stylish combination of hard electronics and operative vocals. On the surface, it would seem that Morricone approached Mission to Mars with an equal mind for the different, choosing to take a chance on blurring the lines between his own style of atmospheric contemplation while also inserting dissonant choral lines and often bizarre tributes to synthesized sounds from decades past. The score, in its sum, sounds very much like something you heard in a space exhibit at a theme park in the 1960's (or perhaps early 70's). Its genuine, but restrained sense of wonder is conveyed by extremely smooth lines of melody that are intentionally jarred by awkward, dissonant counterpoint and instrumentation that reminds of cheap, 60's fantasy scores. Unfortunately, space travel has rarely been so dull.



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Average: 2.32 Stars
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The comment by Kuba hereunder
Walt - January 12, 2007, at 7:50 a.m.
1 comment  (1844 views)
why this song is not on the soundtrack???   Expand >>
Kuba - August 22, 2005, at 10:54 a.m.
3 comments  (3747 views)
Newest: January 12, 2007, at 7:52 a.m. by
Walt
One of the best scores I have heard.
Leviathan - June 12, 2003, at 7:44 a.m.
1 comment  (1840 views)
Unlistenable sequences??   Expand >>
Jockolantern - August 3, 2002, at 9:50 a.m.
3 comments  (2937 views)
Newest: April 14, 2005, at 3:54 a.m. by
Soundtrack Freak
That song at the end???   Expand >>
Anonymous - July 28, 2002, at 5:43 a.m.
2 comments  (2511 views)
Newest: July 19, 2003, at 4:55 p.m. by
baerdyen
Song at beginning of movie   Expand >>
Jill - June 23, 2002, at 10:09 p.m.
3 comments  (2649 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:22
• 1. A Heart Beats in Space (7:58)
• 2. A Martian (6:05)
• 3. A World Which Searches (2:58)
• 4. And Afterwards? (6:32)
• 5. A Wife Lost (3:26)
• 6. Towards the Unknown (8:14)
• 7. Ecstasy of Mars (2:57)
• 8. Sacrifice of a Hero (13:19)
• 9. Where? (5:32)
• 10. An Unexpected Surprise (2:32)
• 11. All the Friends (2:38)

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