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Is there life on Mars? That is one of the questions posed by this IMAX film, which details the journey of Spirit and Opportunity, two rovers exploring the red planet.
Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program.
Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.
Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.
The interaction of two amazing NASA roving robots, named "Spirit" and "Opportunity," with the mysterious terrain of Mars is authentically captured by writer/director George Butler on IMAX cameras.
One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.
It's harder still not to root for anthropomorphized Spirit and Opportunity as time and again they perform like whirring, beeping little robots-that-could, far exceeding the expectations of the people who designed and built them.
...has been designed to appeal primarily to viewers with an inherent interest in all things outer space...
Not having a way to capture images of the machines at work means that too much of Butler's film ... is disappointingly made up of computer simulations.
Only a series of pics featuring a set of strange little nodes that look like blueberries planted in a pile of red rocks carry any kind of translatable otherworldly kick.
Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda.
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