Director: Ridley Scott
Writer(s): Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (book)
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama
Runtime: 144 min
Starring: Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig
The Martian was one of the most awaited films of 2015. Matt Damon stars as Astronaut Mark Watney who goes on a manned mission to Mars, along with his crew. During their time on the planet, a violent storm forces them to evacuate and reluctantly leave Watney behind. Thought to be dead, Watney survives the storm and finds himself stranded alone on an alien planet. With depleting supplies, he has to rely on his persistence, knowledge and determination to find a way to signal earth that he’s still alive.
At first glance, The Martian looks a lot like Interstellar. Especially the cast, which includes stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Though it looks like it could be a sequel to the sci-fi epic, it is anything but. I constantly found myself thinking I was watching a film based on a true story. Everything feels so realistic. I partially credit this to director Ridley Scott for creating a fascinating depiction of an unknown world, but even more so I credit the acting.
Matt Damon has great success in his near solo performance, which is comparable to Tom Hanks in Castaway. He spends a majority of the film either talking to himself or the computer log. He makes the audience feel as if they are right there with him. Unlike Castaway, it seems like Damon is breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to us. In actuality, he’s keeping video record for NASA, but the feeling resonates none the less. He takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster ranging from fear and loneliness to happiness and laughter and finally moments of inspiration and hope.
When done well, sci-fi films are some of the most impressive. It gives us a chance to experience the unknown without limitations. It allows us to explore space, alien planets and travel further than any man has before. The Martian achieves all of this and then some. For the full experience, I recommend seeing this in theaters and if possible IMAX. You will not be disappointed.
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