Movie review: 'Roving Mars'

As informative as it is cool to look at, this Imax documentary combines science with special effects that would be the envy of any sci-fi film.

Director George Butler ("Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure") used the photos and data sent from two Mars missions to create computer-generated vistas of the Red Planet. The shots are so breathtaking that you have to keep reminding yourself they're not real.

Butler got NASA's permission to look over scientists' shoulders as they prepared two Mars rovers in 2003. Launched a month apart, the missions drew an onslaught of media attention, but none of the pictures on TV came close to matching the ones on the Imax screen.

NASA is confident that someday it will send a person to Mars, but they also admit that it could be decades before that happens. In the meantime, this film will get you so close to actually standing there yourself that you might have the urge the shake the dust off your shoes as you exit the theater.


***½ out of four stars

Not rated

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