The Martian

The Martian

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Directed by : Ridley Scott

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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

Verdict

“Brilliantly enacted, stunningly presented! Martian is a journey worth taking.”

The Martian Credit & Casting

Matt Damon

The Martian Audience Review

This man is not from MARS, let's get him back

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Someone rightly quipped that millions of dollars have been spent in launching rescue missions to rescue Matt Damon if we consider " Saving private Ryan" and " Interstellar" in addition to this film. Surely this guy is getting left behind all the time. This is the version where an adult is left behind compared to the kid in " Home Alone" . The film does remind us of the travails of Tom Hanks when he is shipwrecked on an island in " Castaway". A movie called "Marooned" on a similar failed space mission was made some years back.

This 2 hour plus long movie has a considerable portion which may be difficult to follow for the normal movie buff due to the space jargon used. Hence it gets tedious at these times. Also I feel that casting Jeff Daniels ( popular more for slapstick comedy in Dumb and dumber) as the Director of NASA was not a wise move though he has done OK. The image of the actor does matter to a great extent. And could't they get an Indian actor to play Vincent Kapoor, the NASA mars mission director?( Our very own Irfan would have filled the bill superbly)

The film has excellent technical values with some awesome photography and editing not to mention the special effects.The wide red expanse of the terrain of MARS has been created authentically and beautifully captured. Believe it or not there is a lot recorded disco/ rock music(in the portion of the spaceship left behind) which is played by Matt Damon to kill his loneliness. Can we compare the film with " Gravity"?. Definitely no. Gravity was poetic, dealt with the cosmos and had greater finesse. This one is an exciting space adventure with equally awesome special effects.

Matt Damon plays a crew member (botanist / engineer) inadvertently left behind when the spaceship has to evacuate urgently due to a storm in MARS and who is presumed dead. Later when he does manage to make contact with Houston, the crew and other officials are left red faced. The spaceship is on the way back and the same crew launch a rescue mission leading to a number of thrills and an exciting climax. For food,Matt grows potatoes in the local soil and this keeps him alive. (Never saw him drinking anything though) It is a story of survival in a inhospitable hostile terrain where he had to use all his wits and ingenuity to remain alive knowing that his rescue when executed would take a couple of years.

Since he is pissed off at being left behind he initiallychannels his frustration and anger through the e chat with his fellow crew members.and Houston staff. There is some humour here with his use of expletives. Some interesting stuff said by Matt includes " Every time I go somewhere,I am the first" and " In your face Armstrong" after he grows potatoes and feels he has colonised the planet something which the others had not done. He also goes exploring the terrainin his vehicle.

Director Ridley Scott has done a commendable job no doubt. He has made an excellent use of the photography and editing. One wishes he had kept the technical space jargon lesser than what it is. Matt Damon is the whole and soul of the film with some good acting. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Kapoor, mission director and Jeff Daniels as Director, NASA have done a good job too. A special mention must be of Jessica Chastain who plays the role of the crew commander and who feels guilty for leaving her crew member behind.