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 t...more
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. less
“Brilliantly enacted, stunningly presented! Martian is a journey worth taking.”
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At one point of time during the movie, when Matt Damon aka Mark Watney realizes he's the first ever person to have colonized (actually cultivated) a form species on Mars, the botanist astronaut says to himself "In your face Neil Armstrong." And that's where you know why watching The Martian is so much different to all the other survival stories we've seen off late. A secluded man from the world we live in, or to be more precise the only man left on an entire planet is battling to make all petite possibilities count for getting home, yet director Ridley Scott chooses to let the science talk and not the drama.
NASA astronaut Mark Watney along with five of his other crewmates is on a mission to mars. In an unlooked-for turn of event there, Mark is sorely injured leading the crew to believe he's dead, who eventually are forced to evacuate identifying no possible access to him. Only they don't know that Mark is still alive. Calculating and analyzing all his possibilities of surviving, Mark knows that it would take 4 years of a manned mission for his rescue for which he obviously wouldn't last. Therefore, he begins his own theory of batting against the odds and changing the dynamics of science to prove the unimaginable can happen.
Writer Drew Goddard's screenplay is undeviating to a prospect that viewers connect the dots of the moving and are able draw sense between all the science. At a runtime of around 150 minutes, The Martian does dip a bit at times and tests the patience out of an entertainment seeking viewer, but when you see the time-lapsing of months into minutes, you know what the logic is. The Martian is grippingly inspiring and takes forward a step into the space movies people are so fascinated by. Of course, all this has to be credited to the wonderful visuals effects the project is wrapped with, but performances and execution here have complimented each other well.
You do travel a couple of years back tracing the flashes of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity with Sandra Bullock's space survival story, but The Martian chooses a different mode to convey a relatively similar plot. This time of course, it's a sneak peak in the world of Mars. Survival stories have a grip to maintain, no two thoughts about it, but the effort that goes in to use it to make the audiences feel the same is immense. Be it a Life of Pie or the similarly time zoned Gravity, The Martian being so much alike is yet so different.
You have to respect the grueling performance that Matt Damon has pulled through superbly. The faith and confidence that he as a character generates is supremely reassuring for the audiences. You sense your persistence dwindling seeing him struggle through to survive and make it, only he through his effortless genius restores it further. Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Chiwetel Ejiofor are impressive in the supporting cast. While Ridley as a director has a knack in squeezing out the juice of the narrative, the filmmaker here has worked out of his realm.
If Gravity was a ride in the space, The Martian is a trip to the Mars! Nicely felt, stirringly enjoyed!