The Martian Review

Sahar Sebghati and Braxton Buser

At almost three weeks since the release date, the film The Martian is still holding its ground at #2 in box office. Matt Damon stars in the widely anticipated book to movie adaption of Andy Weir’s The Martian.

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian tells the tale of astronaut Mark Watney’s (Damon) survival on Mars. Struck down by a piece of debris, Watney finds himself left behind by the rest of his crew. On a planet where nothing grows, he must find a way to venge for himself. At the beginning, everyone assumes he’s dead. When they find out he’s alive, the pace of the movie is set, and the clock begins on the race to bring him home alive.

The movie consists mostly of Damon’s character talking to a webcam in space. Detailing his journey to his imaginary audience, he recounts his triumphs and falls. With a strong team of scientists at home doing everything in their power to save him, the film has a hopeful tone throughout.

There is no shortage of movie stars here. Alongside Damon, the movie also stars numerous Hollywood heavyweights such as, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kate Mara.

The Martian is merely the current contender in Hollywood’s new favorite genre: space. After success with Gravity, and last years blockbuster, Interstellar (also starring Damon and Chastain) the sci fi genre is as strong and ever.

This film mostly serves as a tale of the human spirit. On how one man’s will to live can outlast anything. An inspiring tale for all ages, many will sure to find The Martian charming. With wonderful visual effects, a captivating plot, and a fierce cast, it makes for a great film for all audiences.
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