Mars Attacks! (1996) is an American sci-fi comedy movie that is a parody of sci-fi grade B movies containing black comedy and political satire. Mars Attacks! filmed from February to November 1996 in several locations including California, Nevada, Kansas, Arizona, and Argentina. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) did an incredible job portraying writer Jonathan Gems screenplay. The soundtrack was made by recording duck quacks and reversing the sound to make the Martians’ quirky speech pattern that became famous for a while. The budget limitations did not allow for the original plans of using stop motion possible, so Industrial Light & Magic used computer animation to create the Martians.
President James Dale (Jack Nicholson - The Shining (1980), The Departed (2006), As Good as It Gets (1997), Chinatown (1974)) and his science team sets up a meeting with the Martians in Pahrump, Nevada. President Dale and his family watch the development on TV as the Ambassador of the Martians uses a universal translator to say that they will colonize Earth. The translator is quickly reprogrammed to say that the Martians "come in peace" so that the world will not panic. The Martians did not take long to rampage their way wreaking havoc on the humans and killing many people before kidnapping Nathalie and her pet Chihuahua. Nathalie Lake (Sarah Jessica Parker - Sex and the City (1998), Sex and the City (2008), Ed Wood (1994), Sex and the City 2 (2010)) is a chat show host. After a few events, General Decker (Rod Steiger - On the Waterfront (1954), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Doctor Zhivago (1965)) tries to convince President Dale to use nuclear warfare on the Martians. There is a huge amount of decapitations, mutilation, and killing in Mars Attacks - endless body count. One of the Martian made his/her way into the white house by dressing as a human prostitute. After a few more killings and awesome action scenes, we see the Martians infiltrating Dale’s bunker. Richie took a while but better late than never - discovers the Martians’ heads explodes upon hearing Slim Whitman "Indian Love Call." The movie does not end there, and there are so many intriguing action packed parts that I did not mention.
The movie had many goofs but was overall an entertaining, funny film to enjoy with friends and family. I gave this movie a seven because the actors did an incredible job with their performance. The sets, scenes, makeup, and music, was almost flawless. The cinematographer did a splendid job, and the special effects department excelled at their task.
About Mars Attacks! (1996)
Starring: Frank Welker, Rance Howard, Roger Jackson, Lukas Haas, Jack Black, Lisa Marie, Pam Grier, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Reilly Burke, Natalie Portman, Bob Pepper, Glenn Close, Rod Steiger, Jim Brown, Martin Short, Julian Barnes, Sarah Jessica Parker, O-Lan Jones, Greg Bronson, Sylvia Sidney, Willie Garson, Michael J. Fox, Joseph Maher, Richard Assad, Jeanne Mori, Jack Nicholson, Matthew James Gulbranson, Jonathan Emerson, David Sherrill, Coco Leigh
Director: Tim Burton