The Martian (2015)
The Martian is a 2015 science fiction survival film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The Martian, a 2011 novel by Andy Weir, served as the screenplay adapted by Drew Goddard. It opened in theatres on September 30, 2015 in United Kingdom and October 2, 2015 in United States.
In A.D. 2035, the crew of the Ares III mission to Mars is exploring Acidalia Planitia on Martian solar day (sol) 18 of their 31-sol expedition, but when astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crewmates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.
Why It Rocks
- It stays true faithful to the book it is based on.
- Great performances from Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Peña and more.
- The score that was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams is well done.
- Ridley Scott continues to direct great films.
- Amazing visual effects.
- Very excellent cinematography.
- It has intense survival moments.
- "I admit it's fatally dangerous, but I'd get to fly around like Iron Man."
- The scenes where Mark have finally came back to earth is heartwarming.
- Mark's hatred of disco music is a hilarious running gag.
- Some outdated pop culture reference.
- The poster is misleading since they show Mark with his space helmet cracked, yet he uses sticky tape.
The Martian received universal acclaim by critics and audiences who praise for its direction, visual effects, musical score, screenplay, scientific accuracy, and likability, largely due to Damon's performance. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 91% approval rating based on 373 reviews, with an average rating of 7.85/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 80 out of 100 based on 46 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".