Full Review – ‘The Martian’

“The Martian” is this fall’s first must-see film that’s one small step for food rationing, one giant leap for botany science.” – REEL BRIEF.com

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Director Ridley Scott (“Alien”, 1979) has once again created an impressive outer space saga.  Based upon the first published novel by American Andy Weir in 2011, “The Martian” is a fascinating Petri dish study into one’s will to survive.  The nucleus to this sci-fi journey is the combing of the Red Planet of Mars for anything to extend life and hope to one astronaut left behind.

“The Martian” is a jaw-dropping study on human ingenuity and brilliance that doesn’t end with Matt Damon’s character, Astronaut Mark Watney.  This endurance test expands the entire 4-year distance between survivor and help, pushing the human mental and physical limits of even Earth’s smartest minds.

The film exults Damon’s survivalist instincts and his inner fight to seek victory over loneliness.  Viewers see how far improvising of supplies, keeping a positive attitude through humor and planning for the long haul can make the difference between life and death.

An inspiring and unique movie, “The Martian” draws immediate comparisons to two highly successful, epic Tom Hanks’ films; 1995’s “Apollo 13” – the true story of NASA plans going afoul in space, and “Castaway” in 2000, about survival at sea over several years following an aircraft accident.

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Notably, the single biggest challenge Ridley Scott and this film faced was telling a story that covered several years but still sidestepped any slow parts showing mundane, day-to-day life on Mars.  Admirably “The Martian” keeps viewers glued to the big-screen throughout, continually changing conditions and obstacles for Damon’s crafty character to overcome.

“The Martian” is an intense, powerful scientific story told from 90 million miles away using a complex blend of state-of-the-art technology, archaic means of communications and orbiting remote satellites. Already with the second best October box office opening in history, look for this movie to garner Oscar talk for Damon and director Scott.  “The Martian” is this fall’s first must-see film that’s one small step for food rationing, one giant leap for botany science.

Grade: A

“The Martian” is rated PG-13 with a running time of 2 hours and 14 minutes.

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