I do enjoy a good Matt Damon movie every now and again, and he certainly did not disappoint me with this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Martian’. In a nutshell, the movie is about a group of astronauts who take a trip into space to survey Mars. However, during a turbulent storm, they are forced to abandon the planet, but astronaut Mark Watney aka Matt Damon gets left behind.
Picture: Matt Damon as Mark Watney.
As it turns out, Mark Watney is a ‘botanist’ which is rather handy, and he is able to teach himself how to make water and grow food, mainly potatoes, that keep him alive. I found it utterly fascinating, and the whole idea behind the story of the movie, even made me believe it could be possible. To just be able to grow and live on potatoes on Mars. I loved it.
Matt Damon acted brilliantly in this movie too. Despite being left behind on a desolate planet to fend for himself, and instead of wallowing in his own self pity, he adapts to his situation, and with his excellent knowledge of botany (which is really quite handy) he comes up with this sustainable solution to keep himself alive, whilst he counts down the days until he is hopefully rescued.
I loved the whole ‘day to day’ living on Mars as well. Watney made the most of what he had, and would venture out of his little ‘space centre’ or what ever it was that he lived in on the planet, to try and find anything that would help him contact his friends and colleagues back home, but mostly he would explore and I loved those moments in the movie because it gave a view of what Mars could be like.
Picture: Jessica Chastain as Melissa Lewis.
Then you have all the people on earth trying to find a solution to get Watney home safely, and I really loved the way everyone on earth got behind Watney and basically cheered him on to keep surviving until help reached him. It was great. I also loved Jessica Chastain’s character Melissa, who with the rest of her crew decide to launch their own rescue mission and going against their superior’s orders. I like Jessica Chastain and I thought she played her part as the ‘firm but fair’ captain very well.
There were a few ‘technical bits’ in the movie that I did find a bit to hard to follow, but the rest of the movie as a whole was very enjoyable to watch. I loved the fact that Watney grew his own food, I thought the chemistry amongst the team as a whole as they pulled together to get him home was very authentic, the design of the space crafts in the movie were amazing, and I actually thought the way the filmmakers had designed Mars itself was pretty cool too. I thought was very realistic.
Picture: The Martian Movie Poster.
The movie is definitely one to watch, if only to see Matt Damon as I believe he gave one of the best performances of his career in this film, plus it had a cracking soundtrack. I thought having ‘Starman’ by David Bowie playing in the background was a really nice touch. The movie boasted a captivating storyline, and the acting performances were all electrifying. I absolutely loved it.
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