At the Movies – The Martian

2015 At the movies November 2015 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the November 2015 Edition

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena…..

Director: Ridley Scott

“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.”

The promotions on this movie, more or less give away the plot so you know going in, that the situation is dire for Mark Watney. We purposely selected a 3D theatre with pre-booking options for seating. Thus we were seated in a prime location, smack in the middle of the raised first balcony. Then, we took a journey through space. This movie is about incredible art direction, special effects, costuming and solid scientific possibilities. Filmed in Jordon, the red planet gleams with awesome vacancy and provides a complete ‘buy in’ for your imagination. The story unfolds flipping between Mars, Earth and the crew onboard the space shuttle. The production involves hundreds upon hundreds of talented people as seen in the credits that roll on forever following the movie.

The details of the story offer plausible theories to support Watneys’ survival. I understand that Ridley Scott went to great lengths to use as much scientific theory as possible. I roughly quote Watneys character here “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.” Watney is played superbly by Matt Damon, subtlety offering up humor, wit and human frailty. In fact I felt the entire cast did a great job of pulling us all in to this intense and often emotional situation. This movie is a great escape, entertaining and thoroughly engaging. Go see it, preferably in a 3D theatre.

IMDB rated this movie as 8.4/10 based on 101,000+ viewers.

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