The Martian Review

Absolutely stunning. Director Ridley Scott took a great novel and created an incredible movie.

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The Martian Review

Absolutely stunning. Director Ridley Scott took a great novel and created an incredible movie.

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We rate The Martian a 9.5/10

9.5/10

Quick Summary

The Martian is an incredible movie and we highly recommend you watch it. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, the director Ridley Scott took a great novel and created an incredible movie. The script has a great balance of humour, intensity and heartfelt sadness which keeps you engaged in the story and rooting for Mark Watney’s safe return to Earth.

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The Martian

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meagre amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crewmates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

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The Martian

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meagre amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crewmates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

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Release Date:
September 2015
Length:
2h 23m
Genre:
Sci-Fi, Drama
Parental Rating:
PG-13
Approximate Budget:
$108,000,000
Approximate Net:
$630,000,000
Director(s):
Ridley Scott
Writer(s):
Drew Goddard (Movie), Andy Weir (Book)
Star(s):
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Official Website:
20th Century Studios / The Martian

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September 2015
2h 23m
Sci-Fi, Drama
PG-13
$108,000,000
$630,000,000
Ridley Scott
Drew Goddard (Movie), Andy Weir (Book)
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
20th Century Studios / The Martian

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The Martian review: Our thoughts

Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, the director Ridley Scott took a great novel and created an incredible movie. After a fierce storm on Mars, Mark Watney is presumed dead and his crew have no choice but to leave the planet. Unknown to the crew, Watney survived the storm and now has to figure out how to survive long enough to be rescued.

Throughout the journey, Watney faces a bunch of problems all of which he overcomes with his limited resources and consistently positive outlook on the unfortunate events. Not only does this outlook keep Watney motivated to survive the harsh planet where others might find themselves quite sad and lonely, but Watney is also quite humorous throughout the entire journey.

Matt Damon played Mark Watney in this movie incredibly well. He was entertaining, humorous and when needed, you can really feel his emotion. This amazing script had a great mix and balance of humour, intensity and heartfelt sadness which keeps you engaged in the story and rooting for Watney’s safe return.

NASA also helped with the production of this movie by providing tours, answering hundreds of questions, describing how potential “habs” – residences for future Mars astronauts will look like, images of what the control centres look like, and even hundreds of real images of Mars’ surface. With the help of all of this, The Martian was beautifully shot to resemble and capture how Mars looks and what it would feel like to be an astronaut stranded on Mars.

We believe The Martian is one of the best, if not, the best space movie yet. It is easily some of the best work in recent years by Ridley Scott and Matt Damon. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, we highly recommend you do.

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