This is one movie I’d been really looking forward to for the past few months and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.
The film stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut. After a huge storm, his Mars mission goes awry. His mission commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) presumes him to be dead and hence decides to abort the mission and head back to Earth with the rest of the crew members.
However Mark is injured but alive and performs a self surgery to fix his wound (a scene which can be compared to the pregnancy termination scene in Scotts’s previous movie Prometheus which still gives me nightmares!).
Having only about a year’s worth of food, Mark decides to use his skills as a botanist to grow food in order to survive till the next manned mission to Mars (which is 4 years away) is able to rescue him.
The film, directed by Ridley Scott, has stunning visual effects and I would expect no less from a big budgeted space movie like this one.The plot is compelling and definitely keeps you at the edge of your seat with its many twists and turns.Even though it’s plot is very theoretical and hypothetical, the movie still manages to make it all look as realistic as possible with its easily understandable explanations.
Unlike previous years space related movies like Interstellar and Gravity, The Martian definitely has much more light moments which provide humor in the film. Hence instead of being a borderline depressing movie about a guy stuck alone on a planet, thousands of miles away from home, the movie manages to maintain a more optimistic storyline about a guy’s determination to get home.
Matt Damon’s performance as the witty and buoyant Mark is commendable and probably one of his best. Other cast members including Jeff Daniels as Teddy Sanders, the director of NASA, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Vincent Kapoor, the director of Mars missions, Sean Bean as Mitch Henderson, the Hermes flight director, Kristen Wiig as Annie Montrose, a NASA spokesperson and other astronauts aboard the Ares III played by Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña and Aksel Hennie also had good performances.
Note- This is the first movie review I’ve ever written or posted on this blog! I’ve tried to write to to the best of my ability. I’m always open to critique so let me know what you think.