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.
Review: Directed by Ridley Scott ‘The Martian’ is one of those rare occasions where good writing, strong acting and great visual FX come together to create what I should imagine will be a film that we’ll still be talking about 20 years from now.
Matt Damon puts in a superb performance as Mark Watney who struggles to survive against all odds on Mars.
The film however doesn’t really kick in until NASA and Watney’s crew who have left him behind learn that he is alive and look at all manner of out of the box schemes in order to try and bring Watney back to Earth.
The movies cast is a relative whose who of Hollywood stars both old and new.
Jeff Daniels is brilliantly straight laced and all business as NASA chief Teddy Sanders while Sean Bean is as straight talking as ever as the chief of astronaut operations Mitch Henderson. Providing the science and research and development aspects of trying to get Watney home are Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Bruce Ng (Benedict Wong) and the man who eventually solves it Rich Purnell (Donald Glover).
This film is full of action, drama and suspense and in fact feels very believable.
The visual FX our absolutely stunning. Especially the Martian landscapes, which evoke both great beauty as well as a great sense of danger.
The films soundtrack is a great mix of 70’s disco, which is often joked about throughout the movie. But perhaps one of the best nods in this movie was to the Lord Of Rings trilogy when one of the characters decides to call one of the rescue mission attempts Elrond after the secret meeting featured in Fellowship Of The Ring, which happened to include Sean Bean in its cast. Bean lives this time though.
If you haven’t already seen this film. Rent it ASAP its a must see movie and is the sort of movie I’d rather see from Ridley Scott instead of all these ‘Alien’ Prequels and ‘Blade Runner’ Sequels.
‘The Martian’ is available to own now on DVD, Blu Ray and most Video On Demand Services.
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