The Martian (2015)

After a mission on Mars does not go according to play, astronauts must leave and return to Earth, but the problem is, they leave astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) behind because he is presumed to be dead. After a few hour pass by, it turns out that Watney is very much alive and he is stuck on Mars by himself with not much supplies. Watney doesn’t have any way of communicating with NASA to inform them that he is alive. With an incredibly small amount of supplies, he is going to have to try to science the heck out of this and try to grow things on a planet where nothing grows. After being able to somehow contact NASA, the people back home are going to do everything in their power to make sure they can get Watney back home before his time and limited supplies run out. Can NASA pull this one-off and make sure that Watney returns safely back to Earth?

While it has definitely been hit or miss for Ridley Scott as of late, he sure as hell pulls this one-off and shows us one of his best pictures of his career. I love everything about this movie and it was definitely the best movie I have seen this year by a long shot. With this and Black Mass coming out a couple of weeks apart, we now know that this is a good time for movies. I was definitely worried that The Martian was going to be a little bit of a stinker because of the crazy amount of promoting this movie received. I can now absolutely say that this exceeded all expectations and won’t leave you disappointed in the least bit. This movie is actually very funny too and will have you incredibly entertained throughout.

The acting in this is some of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. I think Matt Damon gave the performance of his career as Mark Watney. I have always been a huge fan of Damon and this movie makes me understand why I like him so much. Even the small supporting roles from people like Jeff Daniels and Sean Bean made this movie a hit. The whole entire cast was phenomenal in this film and I loved all of them in this. I also think you could really make an argument and say that this is the best sci-fi movie that Ridley Scott has made to date. I really cannot give this enough praise because everything about it was damn-near-perfect. Ridley Scott definitely deserves all the praise he is going to get for this movie.

The greatest thing about The Martian is that you feel like you are there on Mars with Mark Watney. Besides the scenes with humor, you could definitely hear a pin drop in that theater because the audience was so invested in what they were watching. This is just an incredibly thrilling and adventurous film that will absolutely not make you disappointed. I can’t stress enough that this is a movie that you must say. A lot of people may disagree with me on this one, but I even thought this was better than Gravity, which was very hard because I loved everything about this movie. Please, do not be hesitant about whether or not this movie is good because I promise that it is more than worth it.

Overall, The Martian exceeds expectations by a long shot and proves to us that Ridley Scott definitely has some life left in him. With great acting and writing, The Martian does everything to make you sit back and enjoy the ride.

Grade= A 


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