The Martian: Film Review – Ridley Scott’s Return To Form

In a scene in The Martian, the protagonist is so proud growing potatoes on Mars that he claims, “In your face, Neil Armstrong”. This shows how far one can go to save their own life. Based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel, The Martian, the film tells us an engaging survival story.
 
 
The Martian opens with a group of astronauts on Mars, who are suddenly hit by a dust storm and have very little time to escape. While running towards the spaceship, a crew member Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets hit by debris and the team is forced to leave him behind. Everyone believes Mark is dead, but he isn’t. He survives only to realise that it will take years for NASA to reach him. Unwilling to die, he decides to fight it out and puts all his botany and science lessons to use. He calculates the amount of food and water he needs to survive and also works a way to contact NASA. Mark’s fate on the red planet forms the rest of the plot.
 
Mark Watney is what is best about The Martian. His approach to the crisis is moving. Mark chills out, dances such that one would wonder if he even realises the soup he is in. In one scene, he’s trying out various poses for a picture and in another he loses temper because to the lack of music options on Mars.
 
Matt Damon is excellent as Mark. The man has a solution to every challenge that comes his way. He plays cool all along athough he’s in quite a messy situation. Jessica Chastain does a decent job as Melissa Lewis, a tough commander who risks her own life for her team. Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor deliver notables performances. Ridley Scott is no new name to the genre, but The Martian is way more engaging than his last sci­fi film, The Prometheus. With The Martian, it’s safe to say that the ace director is at the top of his game. The film has some stunning visuals and the director manages to keep you hooked till the end credits start rolling.
 
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
 
Even with a runtime of nearly two and a half hours, The Martian manages to hold your interest. It keeps you at the edge-­of-­your-­seat till the very end. Also, watch it for Matt Damon’s remarkable performance.

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