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Top 5 Mars movies to get you in a Hope Probe mood

David Light

Published on July 13, 2020 at 19.35

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The Martian (2015)

For centuries the Red Planet has captured our imagination and almost since cinema's birth (we're looking at you 1910's A Trip To Mars) directors have stoked our desire for extraterrestrial tales. With the imminent launch of the UAE's Hope Probe aiming to map Mars' entirety, Martian excitement is at fever pitch. So, in order to quench our thirst before the main event, we thought we'd serve up a few 'fourth rock from the Sun' flicks to get us in the mood for blast-off. We begin with one of the latest, though one of the greatest, to hit our screens: The Martian...what else? Matt Damon plays a stranded space botanist tasked with surviving alone on the dusty Mars surface until a rescue mission can be mounted to bring him home. Humour, action and enough science to keep the purists happy, this Ridley Scott epic has everything.
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Total Recall (1990)

Who knows, advances the Hope Probe may usher in could lead to humans touching down on the Red Planet sooner than we think? And where people tread, they eventually holiday. Total Recall’s vision of having resorts on Mars could be right round the corner. We just all have to try and remember not to become secret agents for a Martian rebellion when we travel and we’re guaranteed to have a better time than Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Always keep abreast of the issues.
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Mission Mangal (2019)

When a movie can illustrate the complicated issue of spaceflight fuel loads by frying up delicious puris, you know we’re going to be fans. This Hindi drama starring the brilliant Vidya Balan tells the true story of the women behind India’s first mission to orbit Mars and no matter how many times it’s on TV, the accessible technical scenes and great cast chemistry always has us returning for more.
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Rocket Man (1997)

A perpetual Disney Channel favourite, Rocket Man is unbelievably silly. There is no other way of putting it, but for some reason the Harland Williams vehicle occupies a fair share of left ventricle real estate. An archeology trip to Mars sees dopey astronaut Fred (Williams) chosen to go up accompanied by Commander Overbeck (William Sadler), geologist Julie (Jessica Lundy) and chimpanzee Ulysses. To save on resources during the eight-month trip the four are put into hyper sleep. Fred’s hibernation chamber malfunctions. When the rest of the crew awakens, most of the food has been eaten and that’s just the beginning of their troubles.
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Star Trek: Picard (2020)

Okay, we know, we’re cheating a little given this is not a movie, but we’ll take any opportunity to implore you to watch this latest Star Trek series. We loved every minute of the universe’s first non-prequel since Voyager ended in 2001. In the interim years between leaving Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard and where we enter the latest action deep into the now admiral’s retirement, we learn an attack by synthetic life forms on Mars’ inhabitants has led to a Federation-wide ban on androids. When a robot relative of best friend Data shows up, Picard has to help her escape persecution. Enjoy the show as we boldly go where no one has gone before with the Hope Probe.
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