I love Ridley Scott and I love Matt Damon, so it’s no surprise that I love The Martian.
First off, it’s not a movie about aliens. In fact, zero aliens appear (sorry, spoiler?!!). But it is a film about humanity.
It’s not earth shattering or mind-blowing (or any of those Oscar-deserving adjectives), but it is a beautifully shot, well acted and thought-provoking film. It brought up some questions that I think hit at the heart of what society is now questioning, following the technology revolution: how far will we go to survive? What is the value of human life now? (Well, ok, those were the thoughts that I took away.)
Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is faultlessly left behind on Mars when his crew evacuates during a storm. Somehow he miraculously survives, and then gets to work trying to ensure he survives long enough to be rescued… On a planet where there is no water source, no plant life.
A little emotional at times, but with a surprising amount of humor and charm. If you see it, make sure you see it in 3D! (I promise, it’s gotten way better and 3D was worth it.) Alongside Damon, the move stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig (!!!), Kate Mara, Sean Bean, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (he’s always amazing – remember 12 Years A Slave ?).
Here’s the trailer: