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Mars Attacks!

  • Film

Time Out says

Earth's in peril, yet again, and the US President must call the shots. This time, though, we're rooting for the space invaders. Tim Burton's film is the most subversive big-budget Hollywood production in years, a splenetic satire which gleefully trashes contemporary culture - politics, science and religion, the army, TV, food, music, even money. Unfortunately, it's not very good. The tacky design undoubtedly cost a fortune, and there's a real perversity in casting superstars to ham it up in homage to Ed Wood. The anarchy is sometimes inspired (Burton incinerates Congress, movie stars and doves with equal abandon - he loves playing Godzilla), but much of the film is flat and cripplingly indulgent. It feels nearly half an hour too long, and Nicholson, in a double role, is just too much. It's a personal work, but not a mature one. It didn't hit home at the US box-office, but the reviews have been surprisingly accommodating. In that sense, this sour, prefabricated cult movie has the last laugh - and I'm afraid the joke's on us.
Written by TCh

Release Details

  • Duration:106 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Tim Burton
  • Screenwriter:Jonathan Gems
  • Cast:
    • Rod Steiger
    • Jack Nicholson
    • Jerzy Skolimowski
    • Barbet Schroeder
    • Pam Grier
    • Sylvia Sidney
    • Martin Short
    • Glenn Close
    • Paul Winfield
    • Pierce Brosnan
    • Annette Bening
    • Joe Don Baker
    • Lukas Haas
    • Michael J Fox
    • Sarah Jessica Parker
    • Danny DeVito
    • Tom Jones
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