Monday, 12 October 2015

The Martian Review

The Martian

Release Date: 1st October 2015 - Australia

Production Companies 
20th Century Fox
Scott Free Productions
TSG Entertainment (in association with)
Genre Films

20th Century Fox Australia 

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 141 minutes

Budget: $108,000,000

Box Office Gross: $630,161,890

Plot Summary
During a fierce dust storm 
on Mars, NASA astronaut 
Mark Watney is impaled by 
an antenna, which destroys 
his suit's bio-monitor 
computer. His crewmates 
presume he's dead and 
flee the planet, leaving him 

Mark's injuries turn out to 
be relatively minor, but he 
must now try to survive, 
with few supplies, on his 
own. He uses his skills as 
a botanist in order to grow 
food and make water, 
while trying to figure out 
how to get a signal to Earth 
in order to let someone - 
anyone - know he's still 

Matt Damon - Mark Watney
Jessica Chastain - Melissa Lewis
Kristen Wiig - Annie Montrose
Jeff Daniels - Teddy Sanders
Michael Peña - Rick Martinez
Kate Mara - Beth Johanssen 
Sean Bean - Mitch Henderson
Sebastian Stan - Chris Beck
Aksel Hennie - Alex Vogel
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Vincent Kapoor
Donald Glover - Rich Purnell
Benedict Wong - Bruce Ng
Mackenzie Davis - Mindy Park
Naomi Scott - Ryoko
Nick Mohammed - Tim Grimes
Eddy Ko - Guo Ming
Chen Shu - Zhu Tao

Producer/Director - Ridley Scott
Based on Novel "The
Martian" - Andy Weir
Producer - Drew Goddard
Producers - Mark Huffam, 
Simon Kinberg, Michael 
Schaefer and Aditya Sood
Production Designer - Arthur Max
Costume Designer - Janty Yates
Cinematography - Dariusz Wolski
Stunt Coordinator - Rob Inch
Visual Effects Supervisor - Richard Stammers
Film Editor - Pietro Scalia
Music - Harry Gregson-Williams

I was confident that joining the talents of director Ridley Scott and Matt Damon would result in a great motion picture. This film takes audiences on an intriguing journey through the reddish dry landscapes of the planet Mars which has been rarely attempted in other movies. Be that as it may, features that have been set on the red planet have been unsuccessful, these cinematic misfires include: JOHN CARTER (click here), RED PLANET and MARS NEEDS MOMS which have all tanked and done poorly at the box office. I would be feeling disappointed if I had missed out on seeing THE MARTIAN on the big screen and though isn't completely without its faults, it manages to tell a compelling story about facing survival and isolation. It could be described as similar to CAST AWAY but in a space setting, it successfully manages to immerse the viewers into a very realistic scenario of a life on Mars where materials are scarce and the terrain is harsh and unforgiving. The film isn't always dark and depressing, there are some light-hearted moments that provide joy and laughter which makes the characters more human and real. 

Matt Damon was great for the role, he is very convincing in this character and manages to create a real connection with the audience so that you are hoping for his survival and really care about what happens to the character and are glued to the screen to discover the conclusion. The rest of the ensemble cast of Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain and Sean Bean aren't quite near up to the standards as Damon is, but they are themselves proven worthy of their place within this film.

I would say that THE MARTIAN is almost as good as Ridley's other hit movies and in fact, it could be argued that this could be his finest work after ALIEN (click here) and BLADE RUNNER (click here). This movie has a long running time of two hours and 20 minutes and due to high quality editing, I find at no point during the film do you get bored and finally, I feel that this movie will have a lasting value and is good to watch for a second time.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


  1. Nice review! I loved this movie... and the book. :D I agree this is hands down the best movie set on Mars ever, and Matt Damon is the perfect Watney. This is the most real role I've seen him in I think -- it's completely easy to sympathize with him. Two viewings isn't gonna be enough for me!

    1. I could've agreed more of what you said in this comment.