Ridley Scott has succeeded where Nolan failed. Nolan tried to make a cool space movie with interstellar but I thought it was more of a mediocre effort compared to the Martian. Matt Damon delivers a strong performance as Mark Watney, a botanist astronaut who is part of a unit sent to Mars to inspect the land just like our own Neal Armstrong and crew. Spoilers Below:
The problem happens when a freak storm hits their spaceship and everyone has rush back to the spaceship for an emergency evacuation. However, they have to do one thing outside which was not very clear to me and Mark gets hit by debris and everyone thinks he's dead. They liftoff without him but surprise surprise, Mark is still alive and kicking. The story is about how he gets back on his feet and fights his demons which keep telling him that he's gonna die. On the other hand, drama unfolds on Earth as NASA is trying to figure what to do about this situation. They finally establish connection and the story unfolds in a way that is predictable but it does leave the viewer with a good feeling. The feeling that space is cool. That Matt Damon is cool. That Ridley Scott is cool. One thing I noticed was that the first crew is almost entirely white except for one Mexican guy. At the end of the movie, Damon's students are almost entirely white except for one Black guy. I dunno if this movie shines on diversity however, it does spin a good tale that most viewers might find satisfying. On the whole, I would rate this movie a 3.5/5. Good timepass, sometimes you get bored but mostly there is something going on that will keep you at the edge of the seat. Also, there are some scenes that bring out the feels so I hope you're ready for that as well.
If you prefer adventure over melodrama, you've reached the right pixel.
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