Mars Attacks! Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Mars Attacks! the Movie

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Only director Burton could make a movie based on a series of 1960s trading cards. Intentionally tacky, this huge scale epic spoof of monster, sci-fi, and disaster flicks finds moronic President Dale (Nicholson), his frigid wife (Close) and a cast of thousands battling the green-skinned invaders. Jack's back for a second role as Vegas hotel developer Art Land, who tries to cash in on the opportunities the invasion brings. Plot is relatively nonexistent and zig-zags wildly throughout, but the gist is that the aliens are bent on destroying the population, and have little trouble battling the bumbling humans. Brosnan is the hilariously deluded alien-hugger, Professor Kessler. A semi-lampoon of fellow alien flick competitor "Independence Day," this film goes all out for the camp laugh, but its big budget effects, way over-the-top style and all-star cast can't conquer the audience.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 106 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Satire & Parody, Sci Fi, Alien Beings--Vicious, Alien Babes, Aliens Are People, Too, Genre Spoofs, Presidency, Big Battles, Capitol Capers, Special FX Extravaganzas, Mars
Jonathan Gems
Jack Black, Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Pierce Brosnan, Lukas Haas, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, Rod Steiger, Paul Winfield, Annette Bening, Sylvia Sidney, Danny DeVito, Joe Don Baker, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie
Peter Suschitzsky
Tim Burton
Danny Elfman
Tom Jones
Tim Burton, Larry J. Franco, Warner Bros.

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