‘The Martian’ Review: Ridley Scott’s Latest Film Shuts Up and Entertains
Just when you thought all the thrills of summer blockbusters came and went (since we’ve already headed to Fall, if you can believe it), along comes director Ridley Scott’s latest film, The Martian. This Matt Damon vehicle is by far the best popcorn flick of the year, and it’s hard to believe this was released in the fall. It is the most exciting film I’ve seen in a while.
We begin the film with a crew of NASA astronauts just about to finish their very first mission on the planet Mars. However, during a terrible sandstorm, an astronaut named Mark Watney (Damon) is seriously injured after being hit by a piece of debris, and is left behind after he is presumed dead by his crew. We later find out that he is still alive, and has been trying to figure out a way to grow crops such as potatoes on a planet that isn’t Earth. Luckily, when NASA finds out that Watney is indeed alive and is still on Mars, NASA tries to find a way to bring him back home to Earth. This plotline definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and you could absolutely feel the suspense of every moment these NASA employees experience. The performances were top-notch, especially Matt Damon’s performance as the protagonist Mark Watney. Most of the crew including Jessica Chasten as the commander and Michael Peña as Rick Martinez did fantastic in their roles in the film. However, the biggest showstopper of them all in my opinion was Jeff Daniels playing the role of NASA director Teddy Sanders. When he notices that Watney is still alive, we find out how nervous he is about accusations of a coverup might be exposed, and it’s his mission to take Watney home safely in order to avoid a potential scandal.
This film definitely knows how to build suspense among its audience, knows how to bring thrills to the moviegoer, and knows how to have a good sense of humor in order to make an otherwise serious movie such as this not depressing. If you’re looking for a good weekend escape from all the stress from school, college, or work, and if you’re looking for a great cinematic experience on top of it, I totally recommend Ridley Scott’s The Martian.
Final Grade: A+