Review: The Martian
Released by 20th Century Fox on 1 October 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 2h 24m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Micahel Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
A couple of months ago, I started hearing a lot about a book called The Martian. The concept of the story sounded pretty interesting, but I never decided to pick it up mainly because it wasn’t young adult. Then, I heard they were going to make it into a movie, and I decided I was going to watch that instead.
The Martian is about Mark Watney, who gets left behind on Mars – presumed dead – by his crew members. But by some miracle, he is still very alive, and very much alone. The first opportunity for him to get off the planet will be in four years. But there isn’t enough food for him to last that long. So he has to try and figure out how to survive four years on a planet where nothing grows.
A couple of days ago, I decided to go to this movie with a friend. I hadn’t seen any trailers or anything about the movie, other than one interview with the cast that happened to be on TV. It was then that I decided I really wanted to see it, because there were some actors in this movie that I really liked. So what happened to the girl that went to a movie without any foreknowledge? Well, she was blown away.
To be honest, as much as I love science fiction – I don’t like watching space movies where stuff goes wrong, because it all makes me super anxious. That’s why I’ve never watched Interstellar or that other movie in space where Sandra Bullock gets lost. Because space is infinite, and if you get lost you’re basically fucked (unless you’re Matt Damon or Sandra Bullock apparently). But yes, I decided to just throw my anxiety out of the window and watch The Martian because I was just so curious. And yes, I got very anxious throughout this whole movie because of the things going on, it wasn’t funny.
But the cast mostly made up for it; because they were amazing. I don’t remember in which movies I’ve seen Matt Damon honestly, but to me he was a very good choice to play Mark. As for the other crew, I knew three of them from Marvel movies already (Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara and Michael Peña), and the other two I hadn’t seen in movies before, but they were very well chosen as well. They made an amazing team (even though we didn’t see that much of them in this movie, only near the end but that teamwork was amazing).
The cinematography in this movie was amazing as well, I just loved seeing the shots of Mars. That is what we mostly got to see, because of course the majority of the movie happens there, but wow they were amazing. I found out that they filmed most of those scenes in a desert in Jordan because of the red sand they have there – which is what Mars looks like (hence it being called ‘The Red Planet’). It was just beautiful to look at, and I would love to visit that desert just to make lots and lots of pictures of it.
What I had not expected was the humour in this movie. I had been expecting to sit on the edge of my seat because it was such a thrilling and serious movie – but it was super funny at some points. In a 12+ film (PG 13? I believe it was in America) you’re allowed to say ‘Fuck’ once, after that it needs to be censored (apparently that first ‘fuck’ was censored out of the movie as well in America? Rubbish). After that one ‘Fuck you Mars’, Mark said Fuck a couple more times but of course it was either censored, or without sound.
The story in this movie was really good, I thought it was super thrilling and even though I knew it was going to be alright in the end, I was still scared that something would happen to someone – mainly the crew in space. Honestly, I think I want to try out the book, because even though I’ve read some negative reviews, this movie has definitely made me curious. So I think I’m going to do that soon!
In the end, I really enjoyed The Martian and though I will probably not watch it again, I will definitely recommend it to everyone who loves thrilling stories and science fiction!
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