Movie Title: The Martian
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. and 24 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is in deep trouble. His expedition was struck by a storm during which he was hit with debris that rendered him unconscious and beyond the ability of the rest of the crew to reach. Having been presumed dead, the crew left him behind on Mars. Watney, very much alive, needs to figure out how to survive long enough in order to be rescued without starving, exploding, freezing, running out of water, or running out of oxygen.
The story of his rescue alternates between Watney on Mars, various NASA sites on Earth, and the Ares III rocket that left Watney behind. The secondary characters range from great to passable and feature some of today’s most well known actors including Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Benedict Wong, Sebastian Stan, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. I am not much of a scientist, but from reading a few articles about the science involved in the movie it is a plausible scenario as opposed to some other disaster in space movies. It also happens to be a movie of great natural and human beauty. People take a great interest in Mark Watney’s safe return to Earth in an earnest, humanist, and united way. At the same time Mars is beautiful. The landscape is breathtaking and Watney knows it. At times, the movie makes it easy to forget that Watney is fighting for his survival everyday and that even the most mundane tasks could be lethal if done incorrectly or if a piece of equipment fails.
Ultimately, the heroism of many of the cast members becomes the highlight of the movie along with Watney’s drive to survive. It is an instant space movie classic up there with Apollo 13.
It is a great space adventure with great characters. See it.
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