The Martian ***


IMDB Synopsis: 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.

“The Martian” is an admirably made and sometimes stirring movie. It is directed by Ridley Scott, who last brought us the mixed biblical epic “Exodus”. Here he creates an entertaining survival drama about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars who must find a way to survive for several years before a rescue mission can reach him.

Matt Damon plays Mark Whatley, the stranded astronaut. Damon gives a good performance as a man who must use humour and intelligence to get him through a seemingly impossible situation. Most of the movie involves Damon talking in to a camera as he basically narrates the audience through everything he is doing.

After films like “Gravity” and “Interstellar” broke new ground on more serious Science Fiction, “The Martian” is happy to settle in to a more standard story. It is more in line with “Cast Away” than the films I just mentioned.

I think this film will be the most financially successful because it appeals to more general audiences which is a shame in a way.


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