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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring 'the Martian' home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
Based on the novel by:
Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, Mark Huffam.
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.
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That being said, The Martian is fun and entertaining, and yes, even inspirational. Those who feel they "aren't into science fiction" need to realize that ultimately, this movie (and its original book) are a story about (hu)man's desire to live, when it seems like it will be impossible for him to survive even a fraction of the film. Damon handles the heavy lifting of the title character (Mark Watney) with a deft comedic touch that makes one appreciate just how mentally prepared astronauts have to be in order to potentially handle this kind of crazy, horrifying stream of events and its consequences.
Of course, certain circumstances have to play out perfectly (if he wasn't a botanist, would he have figured out how to potentially survive?), while other bad things seem inevitable in order to throw more obstacles into his path. But even non-sci-fi fans will find the storyline engrossing and will be cheering along for his survival.
This film is fantastic - I've lost track of how often I've watched it by now - and it easily leapt into my Top Ten favorite films. You'll enjoy it, too.
Naturally, there were a few missing scenes that I wish we could have seen, but this is not unexpected due to the movie's time constraints. I felt they kept the most germane scenes intact and presented them well.
Overall, highly, highly recommended for almost anyone. And I think anyone will appreciate it, even if you don't necessarily care about all the "sciency" stuff, because the focus on the show is really about human courage, tenacity, and ingenuity in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Oh, and if you actually *love* 70's music, you're in for a treat.
The Martian is about Mark Whatney, an astronaut who is left on Mars, when his crew evacuates during a catastrophic dust storm. The stranded Whatney confronts the many problems that stand in his way of survival on the red planet. The Martian is not a movie to glass over details, while the book details every nail biting moment, the movie throws a fair amount in too. Matt Damon gives you a character that you care about.
I own about 30 3D movies now, and this one is at the top of that list. A beautiful movie, if you like 3d and space, then you need this movie.
The movie brings up the practical issues of survival, most of which I would never have thought about. Then of course, there is a good dose of reality tossed in. Just about the time, when I am congratulating myself, because I am overly identifying with Matt Damon, the unexpected kicks in. There are issues relating to how long it takes for a rescue to be undertaken, how to survive, how to eat, and how to recover from the inevitable numerous disasters.
There is a novel twist on how our main character communicates with earth and the numerous tense moments that would probably cause most of us to give up. Matt Damon comes through strong in The Martian. It took me over a year to remind myself that I wanted to look it up using Amazon. I am glad I did and expect it will be well appreciated when we have guests, where someone asks "Is there anything good to watch on Amazon?".