The Martian (2015) – 4.5/5

While it is not among the best science fiction movies, The Martian is surprisingly witty and funny for a space misadventure revolving around a single character. Matt Damon’s lone some adventure is a thrill thanks to his optimistic characterization, while keeping in mind the reality of things, the visual and sound effects, and the editing and flow of scenes.

On a mission to Mars, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) and his crew are caught in a sand storm. His crew manages to escape and leaves him behind, believing him dead. Instead of going through the usual depressing phase, he does just the opposite; he analyzes his situation and starts thinking how he can use what he has to survive.

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian brings out the strange optimism one rarely finds in a space misadventure. Matt Damon challenges his situation from the very beginning by saying “I am not going to die here”, and keeps a light tone throughout the rest of the movie. However, while Matt Damon does a great job in portraying his emotions, the viewer is never able to forget the situation thanks to the amazing visuals and set design.

Even though the movie moves a little too fast, it is understandable since it develops in a long period of time. It would be impossible to portray this day by day without ending with a boring plot. More importantly, the problems are explained emotionless intriguing the viewer in the science involved and letting us know what is going on at all times (with a bit of suspense, of course), which is always a challenge when a movie is based on a book written in first person.

While the basic plot is not anything out of the ordinary, the personality of the protagonist is something rare in a space thrill. This along with beautiful visuals, awkward but funny jokes, and an amazing way of explaining each and every scene, The Martian will have you rooted to your seat, not waiting for the moment on when Mark will survive, but on how he will do it.

Find more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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