Zachary Quinto

'Passage to Mars' chronicles Arctic survival adventure

'Passage to Mars' chronicles Arctic survival adventure

Grafting stirring footage taken of the Red Planet onto a stiffly dramatized thriller about an actual training expedition in the high Arctic, Jean-Christophe Jeauffre’s “Passage to Mars” raises the question, where’s Matt Damon when you need him?

Truth be told, there’s little the “Martian” star would have been able to do to salvage this misguided hybrid that makes tediously clear from the outset that the conceit just isn’t working.

Taking place en route to Devon Island, an isolated Arctic outpost dubbed “Mars-on-Earth,” by NASA, the film follows a crew of six on a 2,000-mile trek aboard the HMP Okarian, an...