''Mission to Mars'' is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, depicting a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin mission to Mars]] that gets into trouble and the ensuing rescue mission.

The astronauts--commander Woody (Tim Robbins), Jim (Creator/GarySinise), Terri (Connie Nielsen), and Phil (Jerry O'Connell)--are sent to find out what happened to the first expedition to Mars which sent a garbled DistressCall. They encounter a lot of challenges, including some in flight turbulence... in space! Where they have to do a perilous EVA repair. Mars itself is a treacherous planet, and the survivors of the previous expedition are not what they expected.

Not to be confused with ''Film/RedPlanet'', which was released in the same year and [[DuelingMovies depicts another fictional Mars mission]].

!!This work features examples of:

* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler: Off he goes at the end.]]
* AngelicAliens: [[http://webtoy13.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/beautiful-alien-mars.jpg The alien (possibly a hologram)]] revealed at the end of the film, who remained behind to seed Earth with life when her race fled Mars after a meteor collision devastated the planet. She is tall, regal and--unusually for a Space Angel--a strong orange in colour.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Phil's DNA model spins on its own around a center of gravity - impossible considering each individual candy would be going in a circle around nothing.
* [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating Avoid the Dreaded PG Rating]]: Averted; despite a sequence where the astronaut Nick is literally ripped apart by a powerful dust storm vortex, in all its bloody stumpage, the film still somehow got slapped with a family-friendly PG (although the film itself does not share that demographic).
* BenevolentPrecursors: [[spoiler: The Martians.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The crew gets to go home [[spoiler: but Jim goes with the alien.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. In the initial tangle with the whatever-it-is on Mars, Luke (the black dude in question) is the only survivor.
* CentrifugalGravity: The Mars missions each use a ship with a rotating habitat area for centrifugal gravity generation. The gang had a lot of fun dancing Zero-G style in the central hub! Apparently, the cockpit module also served as a lander and return vehicle, leaving the question of whether or not the cockpit would re-couple with the drive section possibly left in orbit or if the astronauts would spend the return voyage completely in zero gravity.
* ContinuousDecompression: After the micro-meteoroid storm hits the ship slowly decompresses until all the holes can be located and sealed.
* DistressCall: Luke sends one.
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Poor Woody takes off his helmet, rather than watch his wife make pointless attempts to save him, and possibly doom herself at the same time.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: If the grappling hook was a few feet longer, Woody would have made it.]]
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Jim]]
* InnocentInnuendo: Much fun is had at the expense of a guy who refers to himself as a "Stick Jockey".
* LonelyPianoPiece: Rather, Lonely ''Electric Guitar'' Piece: "A Heart Beats In Space".
* LookBehindYou: Done in a spooky way, ''TWICE!''
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: A rating of 3. While the human spacecraft have plausible design, and the physics of the movie are generally OK, things go weird when [[spoiler: we learn that we're of Martian descent and that they'd like to meet one of their long-lost cousins in a pre-prepared spaceship left on Mars, powered by lots of AppliedPhlebotinum.]]
* OhCrap: Many instances.
* OnlyAFleshWound: The micro-meteor storm is heralded in when Phil gets one straight through his hand. This barely slows Phil the rest of the movie, whose hand seems to be in good enough condition to lug the sled across Mars and be trusted to launch and fly back to Earth by himself.
* OnlyPointTwoPercentDifferent: The puzzle in the face on Mars involving human DNA.
* {{Precursors}}: The aliens. [[spoiler: {{Subverted| trope}}, the are actually OriginalMan...and everything else on Earth has Martian origins as well.]]
* ProductPlacement: Notably for Dr. Pepper and M&Ms. Pennzoil seems to have sponsored the Mars buggy they travel in.
* TheRadioDiesFirst: The one bit of technology this universe can't seem to get right is any sort of communication with earth.
* RagnarokProofing: [[spoiler:The alien building and spacecraft work fine and are sparkly clean despite ''millions'' of years.]]
* RuleOfDrama: Jim's excuse for not immediately getting a helmet when the ship is depressurizing is so there is danger involved. If he did put a helmet on the team could have taken their time on sealing the breach.
* SanitySlippage: The sole survivor of the Mars disaster, who had his entire crew perish in front of him and spent a whole year trapped on Mars ''[[TheAloner alone.]]'' His reaction to seeing Jim is to scream "YOU CAN'T BE HERE!" and attack him, clearly thinking that he's finally lost his mind.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:The face was waiting for someone to put the missing pair of chromosomes in the Martian DNA. If it gets a wrong answer (such as the radar the ''Mars I'' crew scanned with), it triggers the vortex to defend itself.]]
* ShoutOut: The ''Mars II'' spacecraft resembles the ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Discovery]]'', especially on the inside, and even has a talking computer.
* SingleTear: [[spoiler: From the female Martian.]]
* SpaceIsCold:
** [[spoiler:Woody removes his helmet in vacuum to avoid dying from re-entry. His face is totally frozen before the helmet's even fully off.]]
** Liquid fuel flash freezing as it leaks out into space, when in reality, it would flash ''boil'' from the lack of external pressure.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Plenty of bangs, etc.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Despite the imminent pressure loss in the hull, Woody and Terri take time for cutesy goodbyes.
* TooDumbToLive: The first crew's reaction to the [[BuffySpeak tornado monster thing]] that's pulverizing rock formations less than a hundred feet from them is to stand there staring in slack-jawed wonder instead of running like any sane person would. Sure enough, it ends up killing everyone but Luke, who at least uttered an [[OhCrap "oh my god"]] upon seeing it.
* TragicKeepsake: The ComicStrip/FlashGordon necklace.