“The Martian” Review

27 September, 2015

Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: Drew Goddard
Director of Photography: Dariusz Wolski
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

Synopsis: A botanist presumed dead after a natural disaster finds himself stranded on Mars with no way to contact his fellow crew-members. Left all alone to fend for himself, he soon formulates a plan that will aid in both his survival and his rescue but he knows it will require a lot of perseverance and willpower.

The Martian Review:

Opportunely sliding off the back of last year’s “Interstellar,” “The Martian” nabs previous science fiction stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain and sends them on yet another big screen space adventure. The film heavily emphasises the ‘science’ in science fiction, promoting problem-solving as it revels in the messiness of trial and error as a lone spaceman accepts his fate and tries his best to find a way to stay alive.

The movie isn’t all spaceships and wormholes as Ridley Scott it much more interested in adapting a story that can make nods to the more obscure corners of the cinematic spectrum. While “Silent Running” and “Moon” feel like the obvious points of reference, the wonders of the orange-bleached landscape also conjure up memories of Gus van Sant’s “Gerry,” which sees Damon traipsing through a desolate backdrop with no means of escape.


The film has a comedic undertone and it doesn’t always fit with the straight-faced manner that Damon has been unable to shake since the Bourne franchise. “The Martian” also features heavy exposition and its reliance on video logs allows for many instances of laziness with copious amounts of explanation given before anything is tried and tested. It’s neat in an emotional sense, staying within the boundaries of convention and moving towards a predictable, cosy outcome, but it’s also a noticeably science-teacher-friendly space drama and one of Ridley Scott’s least notable missions thus far.

 

   

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