Monday, 5 October 2015

The Martian Movie Review: A Stellar Space Odyssey

The Martian, is perhaps Ridley Scott’s best mainstream entertainment flick in the last 10 years. It is gripping, and engaging from the start.

The story in brief-

A cohort of astronauts are shown collecting soil samples in Mars. Suddenly they realize that a severe storm is headed their way. As a result, Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) is forced to leave and abort the mission following the protocol. Meanwhile astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is lost and presumed dead. Later it is known that Mark survives but his communications equipment. Are destroyed. As a result, he is Unable to contact NASA. Mark then brings his knowledge as a botanist to use and grows potatoes within the mission's artificial habitat. And then the film shows his journey on mars, how he survives (individually on potatoes grown on mars!) and finally returns home- on earth. It is inspiring enough to see how an astronaut endures on Mars with potatoes and series of video logs which he maintains as the only source of morale and optimism.

There are couple of brainstorming sessions or too many which might bore you but by and large the film flies at supersonic speed. The movie focuses on “Bring Mark Home’- a coup brilliantly executed. It is cut together flawlessly, not overly stylized. And one montage shows a David Bowie song that gave me chills! Must watch!

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