“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney 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.
Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crew mates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.”
Release: October 2015
Writers:Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (book)
Stars:Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
First day, first show! I had never done that till I watched The Martian. I didn’t realize this until we were half way through the movie.
The Martian was a book which I had planned to read after seeing few great reviews, but I never actually got to getting a copy of it to read. I ordered the book yesterday, but didn’t have the patience to wait to see the movie after reading the book. So we just saw the movie. We don’t watch movies in theaters regularly, but I didn’t want to miss this one after I missed watching Gravity and Interstellar in theaters.
Now over to the movie.
The Martian is an amazing movie. I don’t know how much the movie varies from the book but I am assuming that there are not much variations from the original story written by Andy Weir from what I read from Wikipedia. When I was watching the movie I was awestruck by the wonderful story that is being played out in front of my eyes. I was blown by the concept, the thought process applied by Mark Watney and other geeky stuffs like making water which made this a brilliant science fiction movie, and that too without breaking my head with all the scientific facts. Hats off to Andy Weir!
Matt Damon as Mark Watney has once again proved what a great actor he is. I am sure that this role would be something that he will be really proud forever. I had found it a bit funny when I read that a person of Indian origin is not playing the role of Vincent Kapoor. But when I actually saw Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Vincent Kapoor, I feel quite different. The only Indian whom I think can pull such a role would be Irrfan Khan, but when you consider the screen time involved, I think Chiwetel Ejiofor was a good choice; I found him awesome as long as I didn’t think of the name of the character played by him – Vincent Kapoor :P.
Jessica Chastain may be considered as the female lead, Commander Lewis who decides to abort their mission and leave back to Earth when the mission is threatened by a severe dust storm. One of the most beautiful scenes of the movie happen when Commander Lewis and Mark Watney float in the space just after he was rescued by his original crew.
The Martian is a funny movie which got the geeky stuff correct too. It is rare that a sci-fi movie has a funny narrative. This one seriously does and few things that Mark does out of desperation leaves you chuckling. I loved that about the movie. What wants to see a serious movie with lots of sad stuffs?
The Martian is a must watch according to me…
Personally I am done with 3D movies in Bangalore. I don’t think it is worth the extra cost to watch most of the 3D movies in theaters which are not well equipped to bring out the quality of the 3D technology. I didn’t feel that I would have missed out much if I had watched The Martian in 2D in the same theater.
Have you seen The Martian? Have you guys read it? Do let me know. I am still in two minds if I should read the book as soon as I get it. What do you guys think? Should I read it right away? Is the movie better than the book?
Verdict: Must watch. The Martian – Flawlessly made science fiction movie with lots of funny & happy moments.