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Since these pics are going to stretch the screen a bit, I figure I'll keep this short for you good people out there. Word of mouth on the first screening of this film was exceedingly positive. And so far these images have been tremendous. Seems like there's a lot of great work from TIPPET to ILM and so on... Hopefully this really is a jewel. Keep your fingers crossed.

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  • Jan. 25, 2000, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Ah, la la...

    by I'mAlanPartridge

    looks like astrowosit in StarTrek...quite nice though...a bit CGI maybe but then it is meant to be in the movie so...

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 7:12 a.m. CST

    What the hell??

    by ELGordo

    What the hell is this?? Weird.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 8:19 a.m. CST



    Hey up there El Gordo^. LOS GORDOS here. Everything I've seen so far from this flic looks downright amazing. If you haven't seen the trailer yet do yourself a favour and check it out! HEY!!!!.... In that first pick are those hundreds of little gold ships or capsules streaking away from the holographic planets surface??? Fascinating. Whatta you guys think?

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Red Planet Vs. M2M

    by Fairlane

    I can't tell you why - but I can't stop feeling some anamosity towards this movie. Its like the hype is killing it for me. I know that the other one isnt due until mid summer, but somehow im looking forward to that one and not this M2M thing. Maybe its just the "I root for the underdog" type of feelings ?. Does anyone besides me feel like this "out-there"?

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 11:55 a.m. CST

    well frack ,it looks interesting

    by RipReaver

    Funny how despite all the trailers and rumors and bantering and pictures and speculation etc etc., you just wont have a clue about a movie...until.....YOU ACTUALLY SEE IT.....yes....crazy i know. well, frack, all i can say is...i hope it is good. it would be cool to have even a "contact" level flick of mars movies. we got cheesed with the asteroid flicks, although i didnt think impact was as bad as everyone said, beat the hell out of mtvgeddon, oh i mean cheesegeddon, oops, i meant armacheese, oh whatever.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Marching to Mars

    by Deltahead

    Gee, I hope they have Sammy Hagar on the soundtrack... Get it? Marching to Mars, Sammy Hagar, anyone, anyone, Bueller, Bueller? Peace.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Sammy Hagar and M2M

    by Kentucky Colonel

    The Red Rocker RAWKS! I mean that album totally fucking ROCKS! Um, which one... oh yeah. STANDING HAMPTON! The one with "I'll Fall In Love Again". Admit it. You loved that song! ADMIT IT FANBOY!!! He shoulda died after that album. (not wishing any ill-will at all towards Sammy---Mr. Hagar, if you are out there, YOU RULE!) So go on, dig out your old cassette of it out of the dashboard and give it a spin. And the photos? The scale of the solar system is WAAYYY off. Looks cool, though.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by MagnoliaMan

    It looks like the movie is about a bunch of people visiting a planetarium. Also, does anyone think its a problem that we find out in the trailer and in this photo that Jerry O'Connel and Tim Robbins die! Isn't that bad?

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Mission to 2001

    by Godard?

    Well, I've seen the trailer, and so have many of my friends. We all agree that these holodeck scenes look REALLY similar to the pre-starchild ending sequence of 2001. I don't mean to say that this movie is a 2001 rip off- I mean, I couldn't- I haven't seen it. But the "Astronaut(s) in a pure white room in spacesuit(s) where the find that the driving source of existence is from another world" motif seems really similar. Note that in the trailer, when the three astronauts enter the 'chamber,' the opening door is a dead ringer for Clarke's monolith. Homage or theivery? I guess time will tell.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah,I remember this

    by user id indeed!

    The trailer was before Toy Story 2.It was great how every child in the audience went "Wha????" at the same time.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Very Space Odysse-ish

    by Niiiice

    I remember seeing the trailer, it struck me as kind of cool, but the ending voice over of "we've been looking on the wrong planet" gave me a little bit of a flashback to 2010 and 2063 by Clarke, what with all the weird going ons on Europa and such.....mysterious powers at work, etc...a little all too familiar.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Travel Programing Room for THE IRON GIANT.

    by Todd

    The holographic images in these pictures from Mars indicates that a technology superior to our own is a reality. Because of the divergent knowledge needed to produce such a photo realistic three-dimensional environment indicates a mastery of other types of technology such as, but not limited to, robotics, I propose that Mission to Mars is really about a Mission to THE IRON GIANT. The red planet gets it nick name because of the chemical oxidation between the atmosphere and the abundant iron found on the planets surface. With the alien technology firmly verified, and the availability of iron on the planet it becomes to startling a coincidence not to consider this to be a location of THE GIANTS origins. If I may be allowed a moment to speculate, I believe that the above photos are of a Martian map room in which flight plans for IRON GIANTs would be programed. I would speculate further that the 3 Earth travels are only moments away from entering into a large construction chamber that will house millions of moth balled IRON GIANTs. This movie will certainly be on my

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 11:14 p.m. CST

    My guess is, the second picture is what happens when they go thr

    by DarthJoe


  • Jan. 25, 2000, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Green Mars?

    by Kerle

    I'd guess this is some sort of alien history lesson. Notice that Mars is green/brown/blue and covered with clouds. I'd bet they're going to say that life in the solar system started on Mars, and then moved here when some disaster struck, rendering Mars the lifeless hulk of a planet it is today. Just my guess, anyway.

  • Jan. 25, 2000, 11:28 p.m. CST


    by Kerle

    In fact, I'd hazard a guess that the first image shows the migration from Mars to Earth; all the little smoke trails are individual ships, that much can be seen.

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Be lookin' SPIFFY, boooyyyeeeeee

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    2001 is my fave science fiction film; CONTACT is also in my personal top 5. If this thing is half as good as those two it'll make the list as well. So far the images look great, but I must say I don't think it seems too much like a steal of Kubrick's masterpiece to me. Oh, and I like the life-origonated-elsewhere-then-moved-here motif; it could make for an interesting movie unless they handle it in a Richard Hoagland/Art Bell sensationalist manner. Either way I wanna see this.

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 12:38 a.m. CST


    by angry

    Looks like some dude in the FX department was smoking too much of the BAD Mauii Wowiie that morning. That dude should be fired! I'm getting all woozy headed just looking at that shit.

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 12:47 a.m. CST

    OK, sorry about that last one, but, I'm still confused

    by angry

    OK... I still don't know what the hell is going on in those pictures... BUt, the solar system IS out of scale just like an earlier poster stated, and I'm not just taling about the size of those freakin' people (although, that's way off too...) But, look at the planets. How come Earth is the only planet with a Moon? Jupiter has like 16 moons! How could you miss every one of those? What's the excuse? They're all on the other side of the planet right now? And what about the 20-something that Saturn has? Where are those moons?

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 12:54 a.m. CST

    To angry

    by Kerle

    No the planets aren't to scale, but if you knew much about how big Jupiter and Saturn really are, you'd realize that if they were shown that small, their moons would be invisible. Hell, you can fit 3 Earths in the big Spot on Jupiter, and none of the moons are as big as Earth. There are technical reasons why you wouldn't want to do a true scale model; with the Sun shown that big, it would still be more than a mile in daimeter (I think sometimes people forget the truly vast distances involved with space). If you wanted your display to tell a story with easily recognizable landmarks, distorting the scale is one way to go. Surely you realize that the individual ships shown in the first picture would be bigger than Rhode Island if it was truly to scale.

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 12:58 a.m. CST

    In fact...

    by Kerle

    Judging from these pictures, I think I can even guess what causes the cataclysm that destroys Mars. Notice that while Earth's moon is shown, there is nothing orbiting Mars. Wonder if it picked up a rogue body, as the Mars that we know today isn't alone. As explained above, there are technical reasons the moons of other planets wouldn't be visible, but Mars' moon would be visible at that scale.

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Why it's out of scale

    by YoungIchabod

    If the hologram thingy were in scale, it would take several football fields to accurately describe the size of the solar system (based on what I can judge the size of the sun to be relative to the people) and the terrestrial (non-gas giant) planets would be infitesimally small. And a possible reason you can't see the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn (to address ANGRY) is because proportionally they are much smaller than their primary orbital body...the moon/earth ratio is much larger than the Ganymede/Jupiter ratio. Combine that with the size distortion used to make the planets visible, and suddenly the Jovian and Saturnian moons become too small to see in such a pic. Anyway, looks cool. Can't wait to see this film...I need some REAL sci-fi, not this Episode I metaphysical hogwash. See you in the Hollow.

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 2:11 a.m. CST

    The truth about Mars is stranger than fiction (?)

    by Frank Rizzo

    Hey, has anyone ever gone to ? It is Richard Hoagland's site, you may have heard him on Art Bell. His theory is that the asteroid belt used to be a large planet, possibly with life, and Mars was it's moon. "Something" destroyed it and threw Mars into its weird orbit, along with destroying the Martian atmosphere. He also believes that a civilization once lived there and there are a few monuments left, ie the face on Mars, the 5-sided pyramid, and makes pretty good arguments against them being naturally occuring rock formations. Also massive proof that NASA's missions are completely planned and timed to pay homage to the gods of ancient Egypt and Freemasonry...

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 1 p.m. CST

    "ILM, ILM, ILM..."

    by NK94

    No wonder they have big heads up North. Every time ILM is even remotely involved with any number of shots from any film, that overshadows the fact that other effects houses out there working on those same shows. A goodly chunk of the M2M shots are also being done in L.A. by TSL(formerly known as Dream Quest Images--Armageddon, Con Air, The Abyss, etc.)

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Mars, Mars, Mars!

    by KingComic

    Again - these pictures look amazing! I don't know what is going to happen in these scenes in the movie, and I do appreciate everyone's guesses, but I am am dying to see this flick to find out!

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 3:07 p.m. CST

    TSL -> ILM

    by kasmovies

    The reason that all you hear about is ILM's work on this movie is that most of the work was taken away from DQ(TSL) and given to ILM, just like all the work that DQ was supposed to do on "Tennesee".

  • Jan. 26, 2000, 8:46 p.m. CST

    now it makes sense to the pie

    by mmm_free_wig

    Since these guys have already been back in time for some reason with the talking pie, these pictures make sense now. An alien hologram.. of... course. Yes, that's feasible. But these aliens must have been very smart, since earth is the only planet in the picture with a moon, and the scale is so fucked up its funny. The only thing that can save this movie is for the talking pie to build a rocket from holograms and fly all the people home, while he stays behind and dies saving the world for some reason. And yes, RipReaver was right, Deep Impact was much better than Armageddon.

  • Jan. 27, 2000, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Oh wow some pretty pictures, now lets see if the movies any good

    by Mr Logic

    This talk back is pretty evenly filled out by people with half a clue who realise that these are just pictures and give no indication of the quailty of the finished film and twits who fall for the hype and wax endlessy about how ``fucking awsome'' the pictures are whilst displaying their profound lack of knowledge about visual effects and the film industry in general. I notice no one bothered to notice the black dude has what looks like blood on his suit, wonder whats going on there mabye he got pissed of at the part from sliders and popped a cap in his ass.

  • March 9, 2000, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Where is my spaceship?

    by Seany

    I KNOW I parked it here, or maybe it was over there? Oh dear Oh deary me....