2013 gave us Gravity. Last year, Interstellar, and now we are treated with yet another fantastic space adventure in The Martian. As a huge fan of space exploration, I knew this film was a must see. Mars is on the horizon for the human race and it is only a matter of time before we truly take that “first step for mankind” on the red planet. This heartfelt nerve-racking film will deliver a nail biter to the audience which is depicted in my review.
In The Martian, a crew of NASA astronauts manned for the Ares III Mars mission are caught in a massive storm. As they attempt to make their emergency departure from Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is lost and presumed dead. With minimal amounts of supplies, Watney must find ways to survive using his wits and inner strength on the hostile and deadly planet. A team of international scientists along with NASA work around the clock to formulate a plan of recovering their martian visitor. Meanwhile, Watney’s crew lead by Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) hatches their own plan at saving their lost team member.
This film is packed with intense situations and has very few long winded sections of silence which normally leads to a disconnected viewer. The science is more believable than Interstellar and the attention to detail is spot on. Every decision Watney makes is logged for record and scientifically explained for the audience to grasp a complete understanding. This is one of my favorite things about The Martian. But the film doesn’t only have science, it also has witty comedy perfectly designed to keep everyone engaged. The scenery is nothing short of fantastic. It seems so real as if the film was truly shot on Mars itself. The sound effects and music is beautiful as well. Music composer, Harry Greyson-Williams gives us something wonderful. Everything fits just right and adds up for one masterpiece of a film directed by Ridley Scott.
Matt Damon delivers another outstanding performance once again. His acting is superb, you can feel every emotion he struggles with. He is joined by excellent work from his cast members, Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean and many others.
When asked on my opinion of the film I describe it as, Apollo 13 meets Interstellar. Although this film won’t leave you dying to see it over and over again, you can’t go wrong with The Martian as your selection for a weekend flick.