The Martian probably is the most anticipated autumn release this year. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece tells the tale of astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) who is presumed dead and left behind on the planet Mars by his crew. Watney fights to survive in the harsh environment and to signal NASA that he is still alive. Upon discovering Watney’s signal NASA,scientists all around Earth and his crew members collaborate to find a way to rescue him. I loved this film from start to finish.
Why did I love this so much? Firstly it’s a great adaptation of a beloved story, writer Andy Weir created a fantastic world and the film has really encapsulated that. Secondly the film consists of a brilliant cast including:
• Matt Damon as Mark Watney (I’m not going to insult you by listing off what he has done)
• Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
• Kristen Wiig (of SNL fame and Brides maids)
• Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom and Dumb and Dumber)
• Michael Peña (Ant Man and Fury)
• Kate Mara (House of Cards)
• Sean Bean ( Sheiflied’s greatest)
• Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier himself)
• Aksel Hennie (Age of Heroes)
• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave and Serenity)
• Donald Glover (Community)
• Benedict Wong (Marco Polo)
• Mackenzie Davis (The F Word)
• Naomi Scott (Tera Nova and Lemonade Mouth)
Seriously how can you top that cast? On top of the cast with the amazing Ridley Scott behind this project, Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-men and Elysium) as producer, famed screen writer (and director) Drew Goddard (Buffy, Alias, lost and Daredevil) on board and a host of other entertainment elite this project was going to be something particularly special. Next part to this mix is the special effects, they where fantastic, stunning and quite breath taking. It was filmed in one of the world’s largest sound stages in Budapest and the team behind this film really blew us away. I also thought the science featured in the film was more realistic compared to other space themed movies, for example Gravity. All this would be nothing if not for Matt Damon, he is the glue that binds everything together and once again shows that he can do almost anything.
I won’t go into too many details about this movie as I really want to avoid spoilers but I will say this, it’s emotional and it’s a chaotic mix of so much. This film is an emotional roller coaster ride but that’s what makes it so realistic. The Martian is rare for modern films in that you’re going to care about Mark Watney. You want him to succeed and you laugh at all his dorky jokes, whether it is about his music and television choices, his botany skills or about becoming a pirate, you will love him and develop some sort of kinship with this guy. He has that every man quality and he shows off some of the best parts of being human in isolation.
His crew on the other hand show the best parts of being human in a pack or team, how we can sacrifice so much and risk it all on a minimal chance. Finally the film shows the best parts of humanity as a whole coming together and making sacrifices for one man, even at times going against each other. To that end the film shows the best parts of our species as a whole, maybe it’s idealized and unrealistic but it’s still pretty inspirational.
Don’t be expecting a modern day Robinson Crusoe this is something much more unique and very powerful, an isolating blockbuster that will make you look for the best and hope for it, plus it has an awesome sound track to boot.