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Review of “Martian Child” (2007) PG 108min

February 12th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 7,232 Views


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New Line Cinema’s Martian Child (2007) posterThis is a feel-good drama starring Hollywood sweethearts John Cusack and Amanda Pete based on a novel “Martian Child” by David Gerrold.

The plot: a widowed science fiction writer, who writes about Mars, decides to adopt a child. He picks a 6-year old who claims he’s from Mars. A series of events happen that make the new father believe his story.

The good: The little boy and Cusack were great. Amanda Pete had an episodic role, nothing worth mentioning. As a matter of fact, John’s sister Joan, who played his sister Liz in the movie (doesn’t she always play crazy sisters?), was more prominent. I liked ELO tune, “Mr. Blue Sky”. The movie was inspired by real events. It’s nominated for the Oscar. I liked the theme of abandoned child – something I was once terrified of when I was 3-4 year old. This is the story about a child who was abandoned, which made him shut everybody out, and longing for a family.

The bad: A lot of problems and lot of things that didn’t work. Cusack and the boy (Bobby Coleman) were too cute – a little forced. Once again, all aliens go to Griffith Observatory. Cheesy ending and baseball sequence, I guess for the purposes of PG rating.

Also starring lovely Sophie Okonedo (Aeon Flux, Hotel Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things, The Jackal) and Richard Schiff as child services employees, Oliver Platt.

They should have shown this movie on Christmas. A nice feel-good story. Well, it was actually released in theatres a few weeks before Thanksgiving.

DVD special features:

  • 7 Deleted/Alternate Scenes (with 1 exception, all these scenes were worth keeping in)
  • Feature Audio Commentary with producers Corey Sienega and David Kirschner and Writers Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins
  • Handle With Care: Working With The Martian Child
  • The Real Martian Child
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peeks

Credits: Director Menno Meyjes | Writers Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins | Producers Seth Bass, Mark Kaufman, David Kirschner and others | Original music by Aaron Zigman | Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman

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