The Martian

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.

Release DatesOct 3, 2015 (USA)03 de octobre de 2015 (Portugal)04 de Octobre de 2015 (Brasil)
Directed ByRidley Scott
WritersDrew Goddard - screenplayAndy Weir - Book
Starring Matt Damonl



Jessica Chastain,Kristen Wiig
LanguageEnglish

IMDB SCORE

8.5

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Full Movie Review:

Ridley Scott’s latest film, “The Martian”, is based off of the successful breakout novel by Andy Weir of the same name. Weir wrote the book in serial form, releasing it a little bit at a time on his website. He then released the finished e-book at the minimum price Amazon would let him ($0.99). Once he became an immediate bestseller, 20th Century Fox picked up the movie rights and got Matt Damon on board.

Between Damon, Scott, and the rest of the amazing cast, the movie gives a thrilling, smart, and surprisingly funny experience to the audience. The book was famous for the protagonist’s ironic-nerdy sense of humor, and it translates into an even better version of itself on the big screen. The timing of the jokes mixed with the seriousness of the plot help keep the audience from getting too bored or tense.

The film starts out with Mark Watney, a botanist, and the rest of his crew, who are part of the NASA program to visit Mars. While there, they encounter a giant dust storm that apparently whisks off Mark, never to be seen from again. The rest of the crew abort the mission, evacuating the planet, leaving Watney on his own. I suppose that the dust storm scene is a bit cliché when it comes to space exploration movies, but since it was the very first scene in a long movie, it gets a pass (Weir actually stated that his one big regret was not making the initial disaster something a bit more original).

Anyway, Watney survives, and starts to figure out how to keep surviving. The astronaut’s habitat only has about a year’s worth of food, and he figures the rescue mission won’t make it there for at least four. This is where both the book and film show a pretty impressive knack for engineering, math and science. The book was well-known for its in-depth calculations that make the chance of survival for Mark, while slim, at the very least, plausible. From calculating the calories of a Martian potato to hexadecimal coding, “The Martian” does not dumb it down for the audience, thankfully.

Damon steals the show, but is backed by an incredible, and somewhat unlikely, supporting cast. Several comedic actors play great as straight, if not eccentric, characters. For instance, Donald Glover, the comedian/ rapper also known as Childish Gambino, plays a brilliant (yet messy) young astrodynamics expert. He grabs a few laughs, but still convincingly plays the part.

Ridley Scott does what he does best here- creating giant landscapes that are coldly beautiful. It’s hard not to watch some of the footage that shows Watney in the Martian deserts and forget that it’s not real. It all feels so desolate that if anyone but the witty botanist was stranded it might make for a much darker movie. The action is well placed, as are the tense moments that rival some of the best space movies in the last generation. “Gravity” was well known for those moments, but it was pretty much the entire movie, whereas “The Martian” gives the audience some breathing room to settle down and relax. While the movie doesn’t do much to break ground in uncharted territory film-wise, it does make you feel like any depiction of Mars on screen beforehand was amateurish. The jokes interspersed with the smart dialogue will keep most audiences entertained despite the 2 and a half hour run time. 9 out of 10 stars.