We’ve been getting lots of space movies lately, hey? Prometheus, Gravity, Interstellar, and now The Martian. And they’re all good! I thought that The Martian may start to feel tired being at the end of this chain, but I ended up enjoying it quite a lot. It didn’t actually feel like those other movies. You know the movie is most felt like? Apollo 13.
Matt Damon plays Mark Watley, an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and has to figure out a way to survive until he can be rescued. Its an interesting journey in itself, but its also inter-cut with the head minds at NASA as they try to figure out how to help him, which were also awesome scenes.
There is a lot of humour in this movie, mostly due to Matt Damon’s very likable performance, and a lot of “Whoa” moments as well. The visuals are great and makes Mars feel like a real place (I mean, its real, but.. you know what I mean). The ending rescue mission gets a little crazy, verging into improbable, but at that point the story has drawn you in to the point where you just go with it.
The only qualms I might have is similar to what I read from someone else that *SPOILER
But its still a very entertaining piece of sci-fi cinema. Highly enjoyable.