Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Egiofor, Jessica Chastain
Writers: Drew Goddard, Andy Wier
Budget: $108 000 000
Genre: Science Fiction
During an emergency evacuation from a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) presumably dead is left behind by his crew. Left with meager supplies, Watney must use his ingenuity, wit and know-how to survive the hostile planet as well as find ways to communicate with earth to let them know that he is alive.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, The Martian perfectly blends panning cinematic vistas, the human spirit, interesting science with suspenseful nail biting scenes. There was also humour interjected into the film to add some levity to the grim situation that Watney was in almost constantly.
Scott spends a lot of time explaining the science of the movie so that we can better understand the seriousness of Watney’s situation and to get us more invested when he succeeds. Particularly when he was able to create water which enabled him to grow potatoes that were fertilized with human feces…yuk
The rover was really cool and looked like it could actually be something that NASA would create and use on an eventual mission to Mars. The habitat was frightfully delicate and flimsy, the constant threat of a tear leaned itself to the tense action of the film. Everything in the movie seemed realistic and usable that made a lot of sense to use laymen…I’m sure to you smart scientific folk there was some eye rolling bits but for use blue collared types, well it was spot on.
To keep himself same, Watney kept a video log where he would document what his plans were and what he was able to achieve. These led to some comedic scenes when he starts finding new ways to entertain himself by explaining how he is now a pirate…Watney the Space Pirate!
It was nice and refreshing to not have an antagonist much like Damon was in his last trip to space in Interstellar but in this nobody was a mustache twirling villain, Instead everyone was helping Watney and trying to get him home. Often times in movies with situations like this there is a person who would pretend that they had seen him die to save their own skin or a bureaucrat would try to cover up information to save a few bucks but rather everyone was honest and genuine which I appreciated.
Hopefully Christopher Nolan can take ques from Ridley Scott after seeing this and realize that actually being able to hear the dialog is important and appreciated by the audience. Often in Interstellar and even in important scenes loud music or sound effects would muddle the conversation that the main characters were having and when people were proclaiming the aversion to it Nolan arrogantly preached that he was being “Adventurous” and “Creative”…nah dude, you were being “Pretentious” and “Egotistical” thinking that you were so clever, and what was with the camera on the wing of your spaceship?!? lol sorry, rant over.
So to sum this up, The Martian Yay, Interstellar Nay. So take your best guy or best girl or best friend on a date and see this movie! but don’t go alone cuz that’s weird.