Roving Mars

Released 2007


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George Butler
Roving Mars is a 2006 IMAX film that takes a journey past the final frontier and onto the surface of the red planet, Mars. The film, which was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, is meant to bring the audience as close as possible to the harsh realities of the alien planet from the safeties of the home. The film itself follows the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, from their development and construction to their deployment, landing, and operation on the surface of the planet. Unfortunately, the film only uses very little actual mars surface footage and instead relies heavily on computer graphic renderings and imagery only based on photographs brought back by the rovers. Nevertheless, the stunning recreation of a planet once little known to mankind becomes a startlingly realistic manifestation of deep space planetary exploration. The film was directed by George Butler and scored by the magnificent composer, Philip Glass. It has a runtime of 40 minutes and to this date has made over $10 million in DVD sales.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times

    If many of the scenes are fake, however, the thrill of the project is not, and what we do see of the surface - hyperclear photographs on the scale of 100-by-180 feet - is out of th...

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Helmer George Butler correctly gauges his film's strengths, with the search for life in the universe becoming a heartfelt tribute to a couple of robots.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Not having a way to capture images of the machines at work means that too much of Butler's film -- his credits include "Pumping Iron" and the Imax film "Shackleton's Antarctic Adve...

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Independent, Astronomy, Space Exploration