Waiting for the Great Martian Movie

We watch all the movies about Mars so you don’t have to

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Waiting for the Great Martian Movie
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This is part of IEEE Spectrum’s Special Report: Why Mars? Why Now?

Let’s get this up front: The best Mars movie is Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall. The 1990 sci-fi thriller stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a former counterrevolutionary who’s had his memory erased and is trying to figure out who he is and who his enemies are on a Mars wracked by revolution. Like all of Verhoeven’s movies, it is compulsively watchable and has creative if often gratuitous violence and sleaze—and also Verhoeven’s obligatory femme fatale, in this case played by Sharon Stone.

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