Mission to Mars

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Mission to Mars (Touchstone Movie)

“Mission to Mars” is a science fiction film released in 2000, directed by Brian De Palma. The movie stars Gary Sinise as Jim McConnell, Don Cheadle as Luke Graham, and Tim Robbins as Woody Blake, among others. Set in the near future, the film takes the audience on an epic journey to the red planet.

The story begins with a manned mission to Mars, led by Commander Luke Graham and his crew, including Jim McConnell and Woody Blake. The astronauts successfully land on Mars and are conducting their research when a sudden and catastrophic sandstorm hits, threatening the entire crew. In a daring rescue attempt, Woody sacrifices himself to save his fellow crew members, leaving the others devastated.

Back on Earth, a rescue mission is launched to bring the remaining crew members back home. Jim McConnell, now retired from space travel, is called back to assist in the rescue effort. As the team ventures into the unknown territory of Mars, they encounter mysterious structures that suggest the possibility of past life on the planet.

As the mission unfolds, the astronauts uncover the truth behind the enigmatic structures and come face to face with a discovery that could change the course of human history. “Mission to Mars” explores themes of human exploration, the resilience of the human spirit, and the unyielding quest for answers to life’s greatest mysteries.

The film is known for its stunning visual effects, which bring the barren landscape of Mars to life. The breathtaking cinematography and realistic portrayal of space travel immerse the audience in the astronauts’ journey and create a sense of wonder and awe.

“Mission to Mars” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, with some praising its visuals and performances while others criticized the plot and pacing. Nevertheless, it remains a captivating and ambitious space exploration film that offers a unique perspective on the human spirit’s indomitable will to explore the unknown.

Overall, “Mission to Mars” is an engaging and visually impressive sci-fi adventure that delves into the mysteries of space and the human drive to explore beyond our own world. It may not be without its flaws, but it offers a thrilling and thought-provoking cinematic experience for fans of science fiction and space exploration.

Mission to Mars

Additional Details


  • Gary Sinise: Jim McConnell
  • Tim Robbins: Woody Blake
  • Don Cheadle: Luke Graham
  • Connie Nielsen: Terri Fisher
  • Jerry O’Connell: Phil Ohlmyer
  • Kim Delaney: Maggie McConnell
  • Peter Outerbridge: Sergei Kirov
  • Kavan Smith: Nicholas Willis
  • Jill Teed: Renée Coté
  • Elise Neal: Debra Graham
  • Robert Bailey Jr.: Bobby Graham
  • Taylor Jones: Daniel Lederman
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl: Ramier Beck
  • Bill Timoney: Computer (voice)


  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Producer: Tom Jacobson
  • Screenplay: Jim Thomas, John Thomas and Graham Yost

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