Movie Review:  The Martian 


 
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, Mark Huffam
Director: Ridley Scott
Screen Writer: Drew Goddard
Based on The Martian by Andy Weir
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Jeff Daniel’s, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Kate Mara Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor

So a few months ago my son was reading The  Martian and could not put it down.  He told me that every page grabbed him and he couldn’t wait to read what happened next.  So when I had a chance I picked up the book and when I next looked up it was in the wee hours of the morning.  It was an amazing read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes hard science action packed science fiction. 

Having said all that you know that my expectations for the movie were high.  If it couldn’t get close to what the book had for the story I was going to go spare. 

Fortunately the movie didn’t disappoint.  If you don’t know the basic plot of The Martian is that on a mission to Mars after a base camp was set up a Martian dust storm forces the crew to abandon the planet leaving a crew member behind presumed dead.  But the crew member was alive and once back in the enclosed environment of the base camp has to figure out how to survive on the amount of food, oxygen, water he has left and somehow contact NASA.  It is how he figures out how to survive that makes this story so enjoyable. 

Now first warning the F-Bomb gets dropped a lot in this movie.  Second warning some of what he does to survive isn’t pleasant to watch.  If you have young children be prepared to explain how plants get nourishment.  

I give this movie three and a half stars.  Read the book (5 stars)