UK | USA 2014
Opening October 8, 2015
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Writing credits: Drew Goddard, Andy Weir
Principle actors: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomi Scott
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller introduces a planetary survival guide to audiences. A research team probing Mars for samples to take back to earth is forced to abandon the project. With minutes to spare, Commander Lewis (Chastain) must make a life-defining decision. The NASA director’s (Daniels) televised breaking news conference announces a Hermes astronaut is not returning; earthbound colleagues are saddened. Envisage then, NASA’s communication center receiving contact and visuals confirming terrain around the Mars HUB is altered. Skepticism prevails until facts emerge that confound: the incredibly adaptive and brilliant botanist-astronaut is indeed alive. How well is provisional. But Watney (Damon) is unbowed, and persevering while global repercussions widen. Time passes as the international scientific community race against it; unsurprisingly, obstacles occur. Soon, an astral physicist (Donald Glover), mutineers, and pirate unite, as Earth holds its collective breath.
Matt Damon’s force field engulfs the Mark Watney personality: loves his job, and is good at it with natural-born resilience. Projecting individuality and believability into their characters are the Hermes spaceship crew – Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and the NASA team – Daniels, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Kristen Wiig, Sam Spruell. The entire cast, production team, and CGI (computer-generated imagery) professionals deliver a dynamic space journey. Shaky is the confusion caused by immediately plunging into the story. Dariusz Wolski met and overrides cinematography challenges, as does Pietro Scalia’s editing, and Harry Gregson-Williams’ music. One of the largest-ever sound stages (approximately 20 sets) was constructed in Budapest, Hungary, and amazing CGI teams used Jordan’s Wadi Run for a filming practical backdrop.
With its intense amount of ongoing information regarding space and existing there, the film signifies author Andy Weir’s relationship with NASA, subsequent to his book, that director Scott avails of. Bespeaking of its science–technology–exploration into uncharted territory, The Martian is stronger in science than fiction, i.e. emotive stimulus, resonating credibility. Presently, NASA’s Scott Kelly and Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko are six months into a yearlong stint aboard the International Space Station. Imagine “everywhere I go I’m the first”, and step into the unknown. 130 minutes ( )