One you hear about a movie where someone is stranded on a planet that is not Earth you think Sci-Fi. But with this movie you get Sci-Fact not proven. There maybe spoilers ahead but I’ll keep them far and few between.
I have been looking forward to this film since I seen the trailer and was like cool it’s Interstellar with Matt Damon but this time as the lead role. Yet was more interested when I seen the uncensored trailer and hear Mark Watney say that he is going to science the shit out of survival. The setting of this movie is the Ares 3 mission to Mars.
We meet our crew of astronauts led by Jessica Chastain as Melissa Lewis, Ares III commander, Michael Pena as Rick Martinez the pilot of the Ares 3 and Hermes, Kate Mara as Beth Johanssen, Sebastian Stan as Chris Beck, and Aksel Hennie as Alex Vogel. The action starts right away as the team rushes back to their ship when a storm is miscalculated. Boom just like that poor little Matt Damon is separated from the crew and assumed to be dead.
This is where the movie shifts back to Earth and we meet the head of NASA Teddy Sanders played by Jeff Daniels, and his main opposition Sean Bean and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mitch Henderson and Vincent Kapoor respectively to get Watney back to Earth. Oh and Kristen Wiig as Annie Montrose a Nasa spokeswomen which one positive for me is that she has a small role because I’m all Wiiged out personally.
The movie consist of two fights one on Mars for survival and trying to get back home, and another to actually green light a rescue mission. One thing I liked was the back and forth with Daniel's’ character and those against him. Teddy Sanders is not a true villain but he is one of the main oppositions that is holding back the rescue efforts. This movie builds the passion and emotion of the characters so that the audience in turns feels the same way that they do.
On Mars it is those same emotions and feelings that drive you to cheer Watney onto live just a little bit longer so that he can see another day. With it’s heavy emotion also comes comedy with Matt Damon’s character and his interaction with his video journals and NASA. The film doesn’t miss a beat trying to juggle 3 story arcs by the 3rd act of the movie.
I seen this movie in 3D only because it was an early showing and I awestruck with the effects that it gave and not the gimmick of the glasses. You can see the lights pop out of the screen and the Mars dust blow in the wind. The 3D makes this journey just a little better. Ridley Scott delivers with this film. The negatives are too small for me to mention and will potentially ruin the movie for you. The movie does not mention a year it takes place in and only counts days in Sols which is a day cycle. One thing that made this movie great is that it is believable and grounded in reality so it makes you believe that we can leave man on Mars eventually. I suggest watch the movie, and read the book if you haven’t yet. A must watch flick.