The Last Days On Mars ¬ DVD

Zombies, once the exclusive province of low-budget horror, seem to be just about everywhere in pop-culture these days — on popular TV shows, in big budget movies and teen-targeted comedies and interspersed with classic literature. I suppose it was only a matter of time until they made it to Mars.

The movie doesn’t break much new ground, but it works well enough on its own terms. The movie’s biggest strength is its locale. Director Ruairi Robinson shot the movie’s sandy exteriors in Jordan, and makes the most of his location: His Martian landscapes feel desolate, dangerous and realistically alien. The same goes for the interiors of the temporary Mars-base, which feel clunky and functional enough to be real products of a space program still in its infancy.

The film won’t open until Dec. 13, but viewers can catch it now through cable company video-on-demand services and Apple’s iTunes for less than the price of two adult movie tickets. The video-on-demand release is part of a growing wave of smaller budget films premiering on the small screen at the same time or, in some cases, weeks prior to their theatrical openings. In other words, you can now watch zombies on Mars — and on demand. Zombies really are everywhere, aren’t they?

Director: Ruairi Robinson

Cast: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas

Writers: Sydney J. Bounds (short story), Clive Dawson (screenplay)

In theaters: December 13th, 2013

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