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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 324
- Fresh: 296
- Rotten: 28
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A tremendously exciting popcorn spectacle, and also a portrait of extraplanetary survival convincing enough that it had my tech-obsessed 11-year-old companion on his feet cheering on several occasions.
Fresh: Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift. Would any other actor have shouldered the weight of the role with such diligent grace?
Fresh: What's so stirring about the film is that, before and after everything else, it truly is about being human.
Fresh: This is science fiction for sophisticated audiences and, as such, a fulfilling and satisfying experience.
A good movie from a GREAT book
Unfortuantely, Scott left out the very thing that makes the book so great: Watley's ability to use his brain to overcome impossible obstacles. That is the whole point of the book which showcases this for 200+ pages, and it is barely encountered at all in the movie. Still a good movie, but another producer may have done a better job at conveying what makes the story so great. This TRULY is one of those stories where you want to go get the book - regardless of whether you saw the movie. The movie is great, the book is a classic.
Decent movie; not nearly as good as the book
Yes, the book is always better than the movie, but in this case Scott really did miss so much of what made the book truly compelling. By losing the insight into Watney’s inner struggle to overcome the continuous barrage of physical setbacks, the film turns into a mechanical sequence of tinker toy constructions without emotion. Each new challenge is solved without the near despair that hits Watney throughout the book, and even the epic rover road trip of the book complete with monster storm and near death rollover is reduced to all the excitement of a jaunt to the seven eleven. Just when things seem to be going ok in the book, Weir hits Watney with disaster after disaster, and there is real suspense in the struggle to find each solution. Except for a few moments, this feeling of continuous menace goes missing in the movie, reducing the eventual rescue to just another step in a rote series of scenes. Would have loved to see a Director more skilled at exploring inner turmoil and in portraying deadly menace. Could have been a much better film than this.
One of the Greatest Movies of the Year
This is a genuinely enjoyable movie. Yes, the Mars thing has been done before. Yes, the Matt-Damon-in-space thing has been done before. But very few movies like this have been good, and this one is.
The characters are witty, charming, and believable. The cast is very good from an acting perspective. It's funny in a way that isn't really rude or crude. It's intelligent. It's optimistic. It's really, really lovable.
It's not different in what it's trying to accomplish or portray, but it's unique in that it does it really well. It really succeeds in putting an emphasis on optimism and hard work and dedication and education. Like what Tomorrowland was trying to do, but in a way that was good and genuine and not weirdly elitist or haughty. Like what Interstellar was trying to do, but fun and funny. Like what Gravity was trying to do, but more edgy and unique. This movie was essentially everything it wanted to be, and it pulled it off spectacularly. I loved it. Easily one of the best movies of the year.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2015
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