Friday, October 9, 2015
The Martian Review: Ridley Scott Film Soars Through The Stars
The Martian follows astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) and the crew of the Hermes; who are excavating the planet Mars. When a freak storm emerges, the crew to the Hermes abandon their mission, but Mark gets left behind when he is presumed dead. However it turns out that Mark survived the accident and is now stranded on Mars. With the next Mars mission coming in four years, Mark must find a way to survive the barren planet in hopes that he can reach NASA in time. Eventually Mark makes contact with NASA and the organization, along with the Hermes crew, must decide on how to bring the stranded astronaut home.
To say that The Martian exceeded all my expectations may be an understatement. The film takes familiar concepts like the “cast away “story and makes it refreshing with its secondary narrative and its scientific direction. Along with a great ensemble and stunning effects, the Martian compels in many aspects. While I have had my issue with Ridley Scott in recent years, I know when to tip my hat when good filmmaking is made; and that is precisely what has happened with The Martian as it is among Ridley Scott's best films in quite sometime; as well as one of the best films to see this year.