By Mandela Wells
Last years Interstellar was one of the two space films we have rarely seen in sometime the other was Gravity the year before. It was a film that was deep in emotions and the stakes were high as hell. It was long filled with more than the needed amount of intelligence and not a go back re watch film but still an experience upon viewing. Now in 2015 we get yet another space film but this switches the flow up a bit. The Martian, which is directed by the beloved Ridley Scott, brings a different tone here and we get a different kind of story. Matt Damon takes center stage among a big ensemble cast that does it’s job well here.
Mark Watney played by Matt Damon, is a member of a crew of astronauts whom we see has been on Mars for 21 sols. A storm comes through on the planet and they are forced to abort the mission Debree flees everywhere and Watney gets hit by one and is presumed dead. However Watney actually survived and is forced to use every means necessary and use his intelligence as a botanist to stay alive long enough for 4 years as he tries to make contact with NASA and his crew to bring him home.
Really well crafted film. finally after several years Ridley Scott gives a great survival story . Its more light hearted than Intersteller. It was decently funny . Once again great cinematography and set locations to recreate Mars and give this wasteland/ red planet that Watney is alone on
Matt Damon gives a great performance here as he brings the funny which I know is from him while also adding to this character the true determination and will to survive. The rest of the cast all do a neat job here and really help move the story along. You really root for the team when the set out to get mark. Even Childish Gambino gets a key role here
Nicely adapted script. Ridley Scott brings a bit of some of the old directing style he used in alien while adapting his game to what’s been needed to make direct films like Gravity and Apollo 13 which came out after he stopped doing sci fi for a period of time. Loved the musical choices adds to the light hearted nature of the film
The Martian is an absolutely great picture. Not surprised at all it is at the top of the box office right now.
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