Movie Review: The Martian
Updated: May 27, 2019
With the film being released over this week, I figured it was a good time to put up this article. I read a very interesting article a week ago entitled “How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places." Until I read this article, I had no interest in watching The Martian. But, this article sparked an interest for me to watch the film so I decided to give it a shot. If you are wondering, it would have cost 200 billion dollars to retrieve Matt Damon from Mars.
As per Rotten Tomatoes: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.
Rotten Tomatoes: 7.9/10 IMDB rating: 8.1/10 Metracritic: 80/100
Critics Consensus: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.
Ever wonder how Matt Damon constantly goes missing? For a guy who plays one of the most lethal super spies Jason Bourne, he sure does go MIA quite a bit. Matt Damon yet again provides another performance that shines through the murky Mars storm showers as he plays astronaut, Mark Watney. Due to a severe storm on the surface of Mars, the Ares III team were forced to evacuate their mission site. Unfortunately, Matt Damon was left behind after debris laid siege to him and drove an antenna through his stomach. The storm made it hard for the team to find him so they left under the assumption he passed.
That was not the case. He survived and was able to patch himself up. The movie is about the journey of one man’s survival on a planet with little supplies, and noone to talk to as the communication device was destroyed. Without spoiling the film, Mark Watney overcomes many obstacles and has a “Rocky” type of spirit to survive. Honestly, the film was written and shot very well to give you illusion of what life would be like on Mars. Especially since you would be alone for the next 300 SOLS(309 Earth days), if not more.
Even though the film mainly focuses on Matt Damon, they also had a huge supporting cast. Such great actors as Jessica Chastain(Zero Dark Thirty), Kristen Wiig(Fan Boys), Jeff Daniels(Dumb and Dumber), Michael Peña(Antman), Kate Mara(Fantastic Four 2015), Sean Bean(Really? If you don’t know Sean Bean you clearly live under a rock. And no, he didn't die in this film), Sebastian Stan(Captain America), and Chiwetel Ejiofor(Serenity). Sounds like a winning hockey team to me! This film is released January 12th so put this on your to watch list!