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.
If there’s one thing Ridley Scott can do well without fail – it’s Space. To say the cinematography is stunning isn’t doing it justice. Mind-boggling comes a little closer. The depiction of Mars and its vast landscapes were impressive to say the least!
With an astronaut stranded on Mars, trying to survive, and a everyone going crazy trying to rescue him…it’s definitely a stressful watch at times. But no matter how many times it had me on the edge of my seat, it never crossed the line into the realm of too ridiculous. At no point did I roll my eyes, sit back in my seat and feel too cool to get sucked into some over the top action sequence. It was just right.
Even though several jokes fell flat and some of the scripting was a little silly, the mood was continuously lightened by the excellent soundtrack! With some obligatory (and superb) David Bowie in there, several Disco tracks and at a particularly serious moment, Abba – Waterloo, no matter how bad things got, I still felt like a wanted to get up and dance.
Matt Damon as extremely intelligent astronaut Mark Watney was awesome! I am definitely biased because I’ve loved him ever since Dogma and he can basically do no wrong. For a guy in a dire situation, he managed to maintain a sense of humour and an optimistic attitude and make it somehow believable that anyone could be doing anything except crying in a heap on the floor if they were abandoned on Mars.
Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Aksel Hennie and Sebastian Stan make up the rest of Damon’s astronaut crew and Kristen Wig, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Chiwetel Ejiofor make up the NASA team back on Earth. You aren’t really able to warm too many of them, as there just isn’t enough screen time to go around for such a star studded cast!
Not one to miss on the big screen and definitely catch it in 3D if you can! A great film for almost any movie-goer and definitely something you will feel better-off for having seen it!
Rating: M Offensive language.
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