If you had to boil Ridley Scott’s The Martian down to five words, you could do worse than this: “Matt Damon lost in space.” 

Scott’s sci-fi adventure is the kind of film you leave the theater itching to tell your friends to see. Like Apollo 13 and Gravity, it turns science and problem solving into an edge-of-your-seat experience. Director Ridley Scott rediscovers the light touch he’s been missing in recent misfires such as PrometheusThe Counselor. THE MARTIAN works you over without a hint of dystopian doom in all of its bracing 142 minutes.


It is not only a solid sci-fi intensity builder. But is also hilarious in its own form with an outstanding cast, particularly Matt Damon. Its has video gaming sense of strategy to it makes it rich in science. It is just glorious shots of ‘Mars’ panned out like a real planet. Nothing felt wasted or left behind in this cavalcade of science, comedy. There is a charming message on the good side of humanity rather than against it. What a movie.


A botanist, Mark is on a Mars mission led by Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain). He is out doing his thing one day when a storm hits. His suit gets pierced, and Lewis takes off with the rest of the crew, believing Mark to be dead. However, Mark has things going for him too, particularly the fact that this is a ‘NASA mission’. So he has food to last a couple of months, stuff that can come in handy to rustle up rest. Most importantly people on Earth working hard to get him home once they have realized he is alive. Mark proves resourceful, figuring out how to make his power last. His supplies linger, and finally to make enough water to harvest 400-something potatoes. Those droplets of water are a clear act of genius. “Luckily, I am a botanist,” he notes.

It is an epic space adventure. A story of one man’s determination, fighting for survival in the most hostile environment imaginable.  Indeed, an effects-driven tent pole and a small human story and much more. The Martian stays true to its source material. Still on its own, spins a wildly entertaining yarn of human spirit and survival at impossible odds. As a movie 8/10.But with Matt Damon’s terrific acting and Ridley Scott’s brilliant directing, 9/10.


The Martian is a hell of a joyride. Kudos to Scott, his FX team and the gifted cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, shooting in Jordan to rep Mars. Nice touch, too. Having the diversion-starved Watney forced to rely on a collection of disco hits left behind by his commander. Some things really are unforgivable.


The Martian is based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel. Drew Goddard’s airtight script, is the first to make you feel what it’s like to be stranded there. Thanks to both Scott’s 3-D visual grandeur and his charismatic Crusoe, Damon. Watney keeps a video diary to track his Mr. Wizard experiments and to hold on to his sanity—it’s his high-tech version of Wilson the volleyball. Damon sells these confessional monologues about thermodynamics, hexadecimals, and even Donna Summer in a way few actors could. He’s equally at home peddling pathos and punch lines. And he single-handedly turns an epic survival tale into something intimate and human.


This film is basically about a man who gets stuck on Mars. He has to find ways to try and survive. The plot is excellent and very well thought out. There are moments in the film that are really smart when it comes to the main character trying to survive. I found myself glued to the screen throughout and at times on the edge of my seat.  You’re with him all the way.


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