Ghosts of Mars
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Writer and director John Carpenter returns to the mixture of science fiction and horror that made The Thing (1982) a success. Natasha Henstridge stars as Lt. Melanie Ballard of the Martian Police Force, a member of a law enforcement team two centuries in the future, dispatched to the remote colony of Shining Canyon. There, the most notorious criminal on Mars, James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube), awaits transport to a more secure jail. Besides Ballard, the other cops include the rookie Bashira (Clea Duvall), hotshot and fast talker Jericho (Jason Statham), tough veteran and squad… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Written, directed, and edited with the offhand shoddiness of a day worker thinking about his evening beer."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Schlocky, sluggish shoot-'em-up."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A rather sturdy modernized mash-up of Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Ghosts of Mars is not Carpenter at his best. It may very well be Carpenter at rock bottom."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Original movies on the Sci-Fi Channel have better production values."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Someday we're all going to look back on this one and l-a-a-a-augh."
‑ Cody Clark, Mr. Showbiz
"A flawed but worthy effort from an auteur whose near-misses are more entertaining than many others' hits."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Cheesy D grade popcorn guilty pleasure..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A turd wrapped up in a nice bow is still a turd."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"a complete and utter disaster"
‑ Blake French, NutzWorld
"The acting is so pallid that you're never sure the cast members quite get the jokes."
‑ Bruce Fretts, Entertainment Weekly
"A tired and dispiriting affair that takes forever to get going."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mad Max Heads for the Angry Red Planet on a Pitch Black Night of the Living Dead."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"More Mars lacks than Mars attacks and an outing for Carpenter die-hards only."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The monsters were just not scary."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
More reviews for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars on Rotten Tomatoes

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