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BY cinemusefilm superstar
It’s a well-worn plotline: a tirelessly glib astronaut Mark Watney is abandoned and presumed dead after a space-storm hits Mars. Behaving as if he simply missed his taxi, he starts home renovations and adds a vegetable farm fertilised by little packets of poo left behind by his departed friends: after all, it could be four years before NASA can send a rescue cab. The orange-tinged Mars landscapes look so earth-like that is sure to dim enthusiasm for future space tourism. At least we know that outer space is deep, but the film’s dialogue is unbelievably shallow. This does not need to be so, as proven by the much-praised Gravity (2013). Mark’s heartfelt message to mom and dad “dying is big and beautiful in space” just does not cut through, and when the Mars crew that left him behind decide to extend the mission for another 533 days in order to collect him, they do so with as much deliberation as they would in choosing pizza topping. Science fiction or comedy, this is neither.Hide
BY JuliaLee lister
Very well done. It will especially appeal to those with a soft spot for space and science. But most movie goers should enjoy this tale of adventure and survival. Matt Damon is great! this film is so interesting and well thought out. You feel like you are experiencing it all, along side him. Thrilling! and by the end you have all fingers crossed hoping he will make it home safely.
BY Desiree1257 wannabe
That doesn't go to say though that the acting wasn't amazing, the science wasn't well thought out and the graphics and CGI weren't all very well done, because they were!
I think what was missing for me was that complete sense of loneliness and that eerie feeling that I feel being alone on a massive planet, with barely any communication... More with anyone, and no life besides him and his crops, honestly, that part could have been done better. Think about it, how damn scary would that be, knowing that you won't see anyone or talk to anyone in many many years. I know I would feel pretty scared.
It was a great movie though, and I assume it will be up for some awards. I recommend seeing it at the movies so you can get that atmosphere from watching it on the big screen, and when a movie with space is involved I always recommend seeing it at the movies as it creates that whole sense of a large space, a very large space.
Most viewers will love it! Matt Damon was amazing as per usual and it's worth a watch.Hide
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
The script, by Drew Goddard, is the star. It takes Andy Weir’s bloomin’ excellent book, and creates that very best of cinematic pleasures – a bold tale, visually told. Easily on a... More par with the non-patronising, nail-biting, teamwork ethic, science-for-dummies exposition of ‘Apollo 13’, the stranded, guy-alone tension of ‘Castaway’, and the 3D sci-fi special effects dazzle of ‘Gravity’ and Scott’s own ‘Prometheus’, ‘The Martian’ is a solid, science-fiction as science-fact fan dream.
Including the likes of Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena and Benedict Wong, the supporting cast are great, but this is Matt Damon’s show and he steals it with wit and wisdom to spare. As Mark Watney, the astronaut stranded on Mars, Damon is always watchable, often funny and decidedly human. And there’s the key to both the book, screen adaptation and performances – a palpably real, beating, human heart at the core, which transforms this from a feel-good sci-fi flick, into a must-see tale of the triumph of humanity, ingenuity, scientific know-how and good old fashioned sense-of-humour, over those less convincing Hollywood staples of “faith”, “hope” and “love” – which may “conquer all”, but are less likely to keep you alive on Mars than a tin-opener and a Swiss army-kinfe.
Entertaining for heart and brain, ‘The Martian’ needs to be seen on the big screen, pulling off that rarest of cinematic feats – remaining true to a great source novel, whilst excelling as a standalone movie in its own right.
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BY SamSam90 nobody
I have found the movie really cool! It's not a fairy about alien planet or pseudo-heroes, but it's really good film about humanity and commitment. Besides, it's great work, because real NASA scientist helped to create it and avoid some boo-boos and prevent creating a la sci-tale like Dr Watts Up on CasinoMicrogaming.ORG. Yeah, it's really worthy release.
BY Mel superstar
Obviously, the film is deliberately being marketed as "the Matt Damon show" - but it was a pleasant surprise to have such richness of character in the supporting cast, where perhaps a similar film might be overshadowed by the likes of say,Tom Cruise or Christian Bale and the like.
Overall, a highly entertaining, intelligent and engaging film - with a healthy dose of fun. Highly recommendHide
BY Filmie grader
A most disappointing experience. The tone of the thing, between the drama and the comedy and the music just didn't work at all. Considering the top level cast involved, including Jessica Chastain, another actor from Interstellar. This was average at best. Not Ridley Scott’s best work. But he does turn 78 this year…
I'm sick of "astronaut" movies.... More Gravity was good, and Interstellar was okay. I prefer sci fi fantasy. Bring on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Wars The Force Awakens.Hide
BY rweeks superstar
The Martian is an enjoyable movie with an amazing cast. Had I not read the book I probably would have given it four stars instead of three. While I know they had to condense and edit a lot of material from the book (and I think they did a good job of this), Watney's sols on Mars and NASA's rescue attempts just seemed altogether too easy. Overall though, a smart and entertaining blockbuster and Scott's best movie in a while.
BY RealityCheck superstar
I had managed to listen to some of the audio book before the film & glad I did. This film seems like it might resinate with a few sic-fi viewers but the book will reach so many more. About 90% narrated by Mark Watney, both epic & funny. I felt like this film was all the best bits of ‘Apollo 13’, ‘Gravity’, 'Castaway', ‘All Hope is Lost’, ‘Lost in Space’ and ‘MacGyver’ (TV show). Enjoyable to watch and almost believable (both acting and plot). Great seamless... More special effects.
Genre : Sci-fi, drama, adventure
4/5 : Enjoyable but just didn’t quite push me to full strengthHide
BY KimLewis lister
Visually stunning, strong plot, likeable characters - a space movie done very well. The plot is thick without being suffocating, both Damon and the supporting actors; Wiig, Chastain, Bean give solid and believable performances. All around great film, very enjoyable.