The Martian 3D

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Space survival thriller from Ridley Scott, adapting Andy Weir’s best-selling novel about an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars when his crew leave him behind – presumed dead. When NASA discovers “the Martian” is still alive, the clock counts down to plan and execute a seemingly impossible rescue mission. Co-stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Kate Mara (127 Hours) and Michael Peña (Fury).

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Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Lead Actor (Damon) at the 2016 Golden Globes

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Adventure, Science Fiction, 3D, Blockbuster

141mins

Rating: M Offensive language

USA

Ridley Scott’s previous journeys into outer space have been bold leaps of imagination paired with visual flair. The Martian, on the other hand, is a scientifically-grounded thriller set for the most part on a planet that’s got heaps of red rocks. Having more in common with Castaway than the horrors of Alien, it’s the nerve-wracking situation that Matt Damon’s smart-arse character Mark Watney finds himself in, stranded on the surface of Mars, that does the heavy lifting, rather than wonders of the cosmos or previously unseen terrors.

Scott’s in economical mode here, a more fitting match for Andy Weir’s novel (largely told in the first person in journal form), than the recent bombast of Exodus: Gods and Kings or Prometheus. Weir delved deeper into Watney’s scientific reasoning, but Scott still proves adept at bringing far more detail to proceedings than your average sci-fi pic. This is just one of the many ways he’s aided by Damon, whose monologues, liberally peppered with humour and a dashing of profanity, not only help his character cope with isolation and panic, but keep us invested in his circumstances.

Gravity is the obvious comparison, but The Martian is more predicament problem-solving than thrill-ride, and seeing Mars brought to life more an intellectual than visual spectacle compared to Bullock’s orbital adventure. Thankfully, The Martian does a much more successful job at conveying the invisible environmental threat of Mars’ atmosphere than the invisible environmental threat of Earth’s ecosystem seen in the admittedly-terrible The Happening.

A superior survival thriller, and one that doesn’t need to trade on a body count of real life victims, The Martian shows that true stories of endurance aren't always better than fiction. That it does so in largely solo fashion, in a familiar-looking environment, makes it all the more impressive.

Variety (USA)

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An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story.

Hollywood Reporter

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An uncustomarily cheery and upbeat film from Scott, a number of whose works range from the despairing to the nihilistic.

Empire (UK)

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Anchored by another great turn from Matt Damon, The Martian mixes smarts, laughs, weird character bits and tension on a huge canvas.

Time Out New York

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Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character's solo ordeal, Damon is the key to the movie’s exuberance.

Total Film (UK)

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It’s not iconic sci-fi to match Alien or Blade Runner but it is a topical, supremely crafted, intelligent, heartfelt spectacle with gallows humour to die for.

Telegraph (UK)

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It’s a film about micromanaging, fixing things on the fly, and a lot of Ridley’s gruff, technocrat personality shines through.

Guardian (UK)

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A wide-eyed tribute to human ingenuity that packs enough snark to pull itself out of the black hole of earnestness, even if its fuel runs out partway through.

FilmInk (Australia)

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None of the stylistic elements serves to make for especially compelling viewing; it's overlong and occasionally irritating when it should be moving.

Best film of the year

Great film, best film of the year so far in my opinion. Entertaining, touching, amusing and relatable. Thoroughly enjoyed this film and would reccomend to all!


Big Red

At one point I had to shake my head and remind myself Mad Max wasn't going to come roaring into shot. This is the second great film this year featuring a whole lot of red sand in a bleak rocky wasteland. Totally different vibe though. The Martian features humanity at its best rather than worst.


Turn the beat around!

Saw this last week as I managed to get tickets to the early screening at The Embassy theatre in Wellington. The movie directed by Ridley Scott, stars Matt Damon as the lead. The basic premise of the movie, is that Mark Watney (Damon) becomes stranded on Mars, after being hit by flying debris during a storm. Thinking he is dead, the rest of the ARES 3 crew - lead by Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) leave Mars and return back to Earth. Obviously Mark survived. The rest of the film is pretty self explanatory - Nasa and the ARES 3 crew are trying to bring Mark home. Other than the incredible performance by Matt Damon, the performances from the supporting cast are worth noting. Though the rest of the ARES 3 crew are not in the film as much as I thought, the scenes they were in were great. The crew features: Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Michael Peña, and of course Jessica Chastain. Another thing worth noting, and something that I really loved was the soundtrack. Ridley Scott weaves in Commander Lewis' love for disco music into the film, to lighten the mood. It acts as comic relief which all in all I just loved. Overall, this film was pretty amazing. I highly recommend that it is seen, particularly in an actual cinema as you need that high quality display, and surround sound. The Martian has gained major hype - and all I can say is, believe it! The hype is there for a reason! This film is amazing!