*Note – Wrote review 2 weeks ago, realised today it didn’t post correctly. Sorry!
Movie Info: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. (C) Fox
Mars Review: Hollywood wastes billions of dollars each year trying to figure out how to entertain moviegoers. In reality, it’s a pretty simple formula: Space travel + ’70s-era radio hits = awesomeness, it worked for Guardians of the Galaxy and the same formula works for The Martian. The humor and Damon’s normal-guy qualities — despite being a genius scientist — make living on Mars all the more relatable to us. He and others also make math look cool. This is still a very nerdy movie, with lots of botany and physics and “we ran the numbers and it checks out,” but most of the book’s wonkiness is ironed out in favour of moving the story along more pleasingly for the science-allergic. Another edge of your seat experience by the amazingly talented Ridley Scott.
Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5 – losing half a star for the extra “not in the book” part at the end, the ending was already amazing in the novel without the extra touches.