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About the Movie
From legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) comes a gripping tale of human strength and the will to survive. During a mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind. But Watney is still alive. Against all odds, he must find a way to contact Earth in the hope that scientists can devise a rescue plan to bring him home.
A thrilling and surprisingly funny movie
In this film, which is directed by Ridley Scott and is based on a novel, a storm rages on Mars, forcing an astronaut crew (cast members include Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara) to abort a mission there. When they are retreating, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is hit by debris and is lost. The team leaves Watney behind on Mars and he is presumed dead. He, however, survives, using his skills as a botanist and the supplies left behind on Mars. When NASA discovers that he is in fact, alive, they decide to rescue him as soon as possible. Will Watney be brought back home?
To my surprise, I enjoyed this film a lot. Damon’s portaryal as Watney is brilliant, and we were kept in suspense, rooting for him to survive and return to Earth. We feel his pain when things go wrong. The supporting cast were great too, particularly Chastain’s character. The movie is not gloomy throughout, as there are several funny moments that I didn’t expect. It reminds me of the 2013 film “Gravity”, another movie that involves an astronaut trying to return back to Earth (it won several Oscar awards).
In conclusion, “The Martian” is a great survival movie even though it was a bit draggy at parts. I’m going to give this a strong 8 out of 10 and a recommendation. If you like science-fiction movies such as “Gravity”, then this is for you.
Matt Damon deserves an Oscar for his portrayal as a stranded astronaut defying the odds of survival on Mars.
- S$ 14.98
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2015
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