Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring
  • Matt Damon
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Jeff Daniels
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Genre Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Certificate

12

UK Release Date 30th September 2015

Summary

Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind on Mars, presumed dead after a fierce storm. He has to find a way to survive on the empty planet while, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists try to bring him home.

Is The Plot Interesting?

I struggled understanding the science behind the plot sometimes. However, that’s a minor complaint because I still understood the basics of what the scientists and Mark were trying to do.

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Is The Acting Good?

Matt Damon’s performance is quite understated and real… it’s a brilliant performance. Everyone else gives good performances as well but Matt Damon has to be the standout star for me.

Is The Directing Good?

Ridley Scott is one of my favourite directors and I love the way he directed The Martian. The directing is quite understated (much like Matt Damon’s performance in a way) but it is very effective.

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Is The Cinematography Good?

The cinematography is very good and mainly serves to advance the plot. I loved how they sometimes showed us what was happening from the security cameras point of view; it was a smart way to film those sequences.

Is It Worth Watching?

The Martian is funnier than I expected, has better performances than I expected and better cinematography than I expected. It’s safe to say that this movie was a bit of a surprise for me.

4/5

I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I am the greatest botanist on this planet.

– Matt Damon as┬áMark Watney