Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Martian | Review

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"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." (IMDb synopsis) (trailer)

Mark's personality, his humor, determination and ingenuity, are what carry the story. Even though he's alone for most of it, the story doesn't lack in human interaction. In fact, the movie has a strong theme of humanity running through it, particularly towards the end as the whole world fights and roots for him. The other theme, equally strong, is of simple one-step-at-a-time problem solving. 


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The characteristic that is immediately evident and admirable in Mark is how he deals with problems one step at a time. He takes the insurmountable problem of getting back to Earth one step at a time, never letting it overwhelm him. He doesn't give up in the face of what seems impossible, but solves it doggedly with calm determination and science. 
"...At some point, everything's going to go South on you. You're going to say, 'This is it. This is how I end.' Now, you can wither accept that, or you can get to work. ... And if you solve enough problems, you get to go home."
There's a great variety of characters among the crew creating details of friendships and a small romance in the story.  (Luis in AntMan),  as the crew were all awesome.  was charming and inspiring and perfectly cast. 

my rating: 4/5

Content: there was mild language; one gory scene of an injury; one scene with some brief nudity. MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity.

14 comments:

  1. Wow! Great review! I'm so looking forward to watching this movie soon. :) Thanks!!

    ~Ash
    apieceofmysky.blogspot.com

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  2. This movie looks cool! Nice review. I've heard of this film several times, and, knowing that it's Matt Damon just makes it better!

    -Max

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    1. Thanks! It was. Matt Damon's the best. :)

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  3. Awesome review.
    I love your blog! It's so artistic! :)

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  4. Awesome review.
    I love your blog! It's so artistic! :)

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  5. I really dug this movie :-) Very triumphant.

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    1. Also, I tagged you here. Play if you want to :-)

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    2. Me too. :) Thanks!

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  6. Great review Sarah! Watney is such a great character, isn't he? His spirit and determination are so amazingly inspiring, and feels completely genuine, like we can be that way too, even though he's fictional. :D So glad you liked this one! :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes. I love his character, and Matt Damon was perfect. I don't like using the word inspiring very much because it makes me feel like I'm exaggerating, but Watney really was genuinely inspiring. Glad you did too, especially since you read the book. :)

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  7. Thank your for no spoilers! The trailer had a ridiculous amount of spoilers:(

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    1. haha Yeah the trailers give a lot away. :/ Thanks for commenting Abby!

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