Red Planet has done the leading Val Kilmer’s status irreversible harm. The Red Planet will take place in 2056, where the earth is on the edge of catastrophic environmental collapse due to excessive pollution and overcrowding. The expeditions to Mars have started the process of terraforming to fight this crisis, so humans can soon live on the notorious uninhabitable planet. Inexplicably, their successful attempts fail, leading to an interdisciplinary team of astronauts researching, but things go the worst way rapidly. In the end, engineer Robby Gallagher and commander Kate Bowen are left to investigate the riddle and avoid certain death from their alien enemies.
To date, “Red Planet” is Antony Hoffman’s solo directorial effort and is still considered a massive failure apart from his striking visuals. As to the spectator’s reception, its 14% bad critical score in Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by a consensus that declares “it has an energy shortage and compelling characters.” As the still impressive 24 per cent screen shows, general cinemakers were not that much more forgiving, but what about their financial record? Well, it grossed just around $33.5 million on a budget of $80 million and landed solidly on the area of the box-office catastrophe.
Not only did it not get many positive reviews, the problem with the movie reception. When critics looked at “Red Planet” in 2000, they were shocked to see many of their pictures’ reactions.
Tensions occurred on the Red Planet set between Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore. Regrettably, the unfavourable reviews of the film are not the one drawback for “Red Planet.” Thanks to Tom Sizemores’s report about a dispute with Kilmer while filming, its production is famous for its chaotic set.
In his memoir “By some miracle, I made it out of there,” Sizemore recalls the tumultuous working relationship that started with the argument about production, shells money for Sizemore. The verbal animosity between the two actors has supposedly bubbled out into physical aggression, including Sizemore’s weighty practise in Kilmore and his thrusts (a producer asked him not to hit Kilmore in the face). But, of course, conflicts ongoing in Hollywood are not exactly uncommon. But Sizemore’s narrative, in conjunction with the awful reception of the film, serves to show what a “Red Planet” catastrophe was actually like.
Kilmer’s leading man status deteriorated after the “Red Planet.” Limited publications and direct to video projects would be his last years. Several natural jewels, such as “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” from 2005 and the next sequel to “Top Gun: Maverick,” have been present. But the stigmas of “Red Planet” combined with the mid-2010s diagnosis of cancer of the throat have already caused a significant damper in his decreasing big screen. Fortunately, Val Kilmer is uncancerous and looks forward to the debut of the biographical documentary “Val” from 2021, which ultimately supports and enjoys life.