The Martian

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Vampire Owl: I have always wanted to have a pact with the Martians. The Earthlings are too evil for our taste.

Vampire Bat: Well, Dejah Thoris has been a fine Martian.

Vampire Owl: I hope that the presence of an Earthling on Mars will mean that he is free of the ambitions of Earth.

Vampire Bat: It shall be so, as there is no real need for money and power on Mars as of now.

[Gets the tickets and cheese popcorn].

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Based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name from 2011, The Martian is a much awaited movie which has already received a lot of positive opinions. The stories of survival outside the planet Earth has had the attention of the audience with Gravity and Interstellar, and The Martian tries to make further impact in the same area during this weekend. Directed by Ridley Scott and having Matt Damon in the lead, the movie is sure to attract the audience of all types, as the trailer did manage to catch the attention, bringing it to a large number of screens on this October 2nd.

A human mission to Mars goes terribly wrong and the astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed to be dead and left on the planet as commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) has to make the choice not to risk the return of the whole crew for searching for him. But he is alive and has become the first lone man on a planet seemingly without life. The first and the best option for the astronaut would be to wait for death considering how difficult or rather near impossible it should be to survive in Mars without any contact with Earth and possessing not enough supplies until the next mission can arrive. But Mark decides to try, and make that attempt not to die.

As Mark is a botanist, he finds a way to grow some potatoes inside, after creating a favourable atmosphere for the plants. The chances of survival still remain too low, until NASA engineers Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Mindy Park (Mackenzie Davis) find out from the photos of the Mars station taken, that he is alive. They communicate using a Mars Pathfinder which Mark finds on the planet, and NASA begins the programs to send him supplies and get him home. But it is not that easy, as the probe which they sends explode and Mark himself has his own disasters at his place decreasing his chances of survival by many days.

Matt Damon is the man to look out for. He was also there in the last year’s space movie Interstellar, in a role which included being rescued from a planet too. But it never really had much there, and the planet sequence itself was more like a need to have a human character that is somewhat closer to the villainy. But here, there are no heroes and villains, and there is just the need for survival, that too in a fair way. The movie focuses on him, and so do the viewers, and he delivers an outstanding performance as the lone man who fights to survive where a normal person would have lost all hope. He has the most screen time, and makes a very fine use of the same.

The Martian remains ahead of both Interstellar and Gravity in many ways, making things more entertaining for the audience. The 3D of this movie might not be that heavy, but with the other aspects, The Martian clearly rises high. The environment is also a joy to watch. There is a perfect blend of emotional, intellectual and funny side here, the final side which was completely absent in Interstellar. The Martian is also straight to the point, but it never really fails to touch the audience. The movie knows where to stop being too much scientific and weird. It is the strength of the movie that the main character of the movie always remains someone whom the audience can connect with, instead of being someone special.

There is a strong, inspirational message in The Martian, and it is something which never lets go. It is the adventure that inspires the viewers never to lose hope, and it is also the kind of path which Interstellar could have followed. Another interesting thing about the protagonist of this movie is that he finds a lot more than just hope – he takes the opportunity to take the optimism to another level and even have some fun with his situation. The Martian has laughter, and that too when facing the possibility of death in a world far away from Earth. It is an adventure without any trace of pessimism, and almost everyone associated with it believes in their optimism, and this is a strange fact as the present world clearly lacks it, with so much of evil prevailing around the wars, terrorism, racial and religious hatred along with the other terrible things.

The Martian clearly has what it takes to be the big winner, and this is a good weekend to score among the viewers. This battle for escape from Mars is something that the fans of science fiction and survivor movies shouldn’t dare to miss. This has enough entertainment; some nice intelligent ideas and philosophy, along with making sure that the common man can easily understand the science here, as well as avoid whatever scientific term which they needn’t follow. The Martian is that kind of a movie, and by being the same, it will be a better, smooth experience for the brain and the heart than Interstellar, and easily overtakes the previous movie from Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Release date: 2nd October 2015
Running time: 141 minutes
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Benedict Wong, Naomi Scott, Lili Bordán, Nick Mohammed


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39 thoughts on “The Martian

    • So, the Singh is fine? I didn’t get to watch any Hindi moves this weekend because Puli has most of the screens and some from last week still stays in the theatres.


  1. Wow… I am still a little bit of a science friction freak and these movies will be a breeze… I saw a cool Will Smith movie… where Will Smith and family live in another planet and earth has become impossible to live… he lost his daughter as a creature that feeds on fear killed her in front of his son who was small and put safely inside a place… the father never forgived his son for not fighting to save his sister and the son tries to get into some army rank… he fails in the emotional quotient and relations with his Dad falls down… Father takes son on a work trip to space… everyone dies because of strom and the space craft falls on earth which is inhospitable. It is upto the boy now to go out on earth and find the beacon which will reserve time and make things good… the boy almost fails but takes chances, fights and kills the creature that killed his sister, finds the beacon, gets back on the spaceship and makes his daddy proud(: …. I love the visuals and storyline here, plus that kid is the kid from the Karate Kid(:


    • You mean After Earth. It is one of my least favourite science fiction movies; one of the rare occasions when I agreed when all critics said that the movie was bad. The kid won the Worst Actor Award at Los Angeles and I couldn’t disagree 😦


      • what!! … I liked it, what was wrong in the movie to deserve such a review… worst film and actor award… it was entertaining… lovely visuals of falls, earth, eagle, tiger and creatures and good messaage too…. and will smith man, how can a movie with cool dude Will Smith be so bad???


      • He should have been the hero, not the son. This seemed like a movie to bring his son to the audience as the big name like our stars here do.
        I didn’t like the visuals much in the theatre; felt I had seen things with better quality on the big screen.
        I don’t remember much about it now, but I had felt that the messages actually contradicted each other. I haven’t reviewed it, but if you see some other reviews on the internet, you will see negatives after negatives. If you ask me, I would consider The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to be the worst movie of that year, without doubt! I feel that After Earth had its good moments and a good idea, just not presented well enough. They gave the Worst Supporting Actor award to Will Smith anyway, I think.

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  2. Oh… I have not seen it properly, but it was a science fiction movie after a long time I watched and it was refreashing, it was better than that Men in Black 3 surely… that kid is Will Smith’s son, really?.


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