The Martian is a film adaptation from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name. It is based on the story during a manned mission to Mars wherein Astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is presumed dead when he was hit by a debris following that wild storm and was left behind by his crew but he survived. With a will to live and an insufficient supplies, he must use all his training, knowledge and resourcefulness to stay alive while finding a way to communicate with NASA or signal Earth.
Note: I will base my personal review solely on the movie itself as I haven’t read the novel.
The opening scene of this movie didn’t waste time with having backstories about their lives before going to this mission, instead it jumped right to their mission and immediately found themselves within the incident. This scene paved way to build up the tone for the entire movie. I had lots of fun watching this movie and sensed like the time (2 hours and 15 minutes) just flew by without a trace because the flick was very entertaining, engaging as well as riveting and gripping. It is not your typical heavy drama about survival and rescue but it is lighthearted drama with many funny moments and scenes by Matt Damon. Also, the way they told the story perceived like it was based on a true story of their rescue operation and all the emotions were there. I was happy when, at least, knows some survival tips or the thought that he is a botanist and knows a lot of science. I was anxious when the de-pressurizer malfunction and blew up. I felt sad when Teddy opposed the rescue. In short, I was really, really drawn into the movie.
What I also like about this film is the cinematography. It was visually captivating and CGI was done perfectly & neatly. The location also helped the movie to be realistic. The ensemble cast was perfect for each characters. They blend well and complimented each other. Their performance wasn’t over or understated but just a perfect balance between calmness and eagerness. Matt Damon is hands down brilliant in this movie. I will be upset if he is not nominated come Oscars. His portrayal to the character was so effective, I felt again like he was the character. His comedic timing was undeniably spot on as well. But let us not forget the man behind all this, the captain of the ship… Ridley Scott who helmed this ambitious movie. His ingenuous directing made this movie a masterpiece and I am glad he is back in the game.
I will give the movie a perfect 5 stars for providing me one of the most entertaining movie of this year. Thank you also to NASA for providing assistance in giving this film a thrilling and awesome ride.
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