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The Martian Movie Review

Courtest of Flickr, NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, left, and Actor Matt Damon participate in a question and answer session about NASA’s journey to Mars and the film ”The Martian,” Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the United Artist Theater in La Cañada Flintridge, California. NASA scientists and engineers served as technical consultants on the film. The movie portrays a realistic view of the climate and topography of Mars, based on NASA data, and some of the challenges NASA faces as we prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

This weekend, I decided to go to the movies and see “The Martian” because of the rave reviews it has gotten thus far. The film is based on the best selling novel by Andy Weir, and sparked my interest because of its unique plotline. The movie ended up being even better than expected, and I left the theatre determined that all of my friends and family should go see it.

NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, left, Actor Matt Damon, who stars as NASA Astronaut Mark Watney in the film “The Martian,” and Mars Science Lab Project Manager Jim Erickson, talk at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Mars Yard, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at JPL in Pasadena, California. While at JPL Damon meet with NASA scientists and engineers who served as technical consultants on the film. The movie portrays a realistic view of the climate and topography of Mars, based on NASA data, and some of the challenges NASA faces as we prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
NASA HQ Photo, Courtesy of Flickr

The movie starts off pretty hectically, as the space crew that is on Mars has to depart unexpectedly due to an unfortunate sand storm. One astronaut, Mark Watney, (Matt Damon) gets struck with a projectile during the sandstorm evacuation and the crew is unable to find him. They are forced to leave him behind, with the assumption that he has died. However, he is very much alive, and also very much alone on this desolate planet, which he will now have to call his home forever — or so he thinks.

Watney is forced to grow food on a planet that has never seen the color green, and must use his botany skills to do so. His scientific knowledge and overall intelligence lead him to eventually be able to contact those in mission control at NASA to tell them that he survived the sandstorm. The rest of the film involves NASA communicating with Watney to figure out a strategy for his return to Earth.

Rocor Photo, Courtesy of Flickr

Although being stuck on an isolated planet with no form of communication is not a laughing matter, director Ridley Scott and writer Drew Goddard found a way to incorporate humor into their work. This was crucial to the plot because of how intense and unbearably stressful it got at certain points. Watney says things such as, “I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the greatest botanist on this planet” and, “They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially colonized it. So, technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!” This lighthearted humor included in the plot made me wonder how, despite being stranded on Mars, Watney was still able to laugh about the situation and make the best of it.

Having Matt Damon, a phenomenal actor, play the main role of Mark Watney was a great decision for this part. Damon made me feel the pain of Watney, but also the hope and determination he had for survival and his return to Earth.

In addition to Damon, Jessica Chastain plays her part as crew leader Melissa Lewis flawlessly. Her character and the rest of the astronauts on the Mars mission portrayed a loyal, genuine family, and proved they were willing to risk their lives to save one another.

This film made me appreciate those who choose to endanger their lives being astronauts on a whole new level. It also illustrated the amount of knowledge in both science and math that astronauts must have, as well as each and every individual who works for NASA. The emotional distress Watney had to undergo was perfectly captured. This film, along with its cast and crewmembers has a good choice of being nominated for Oscars. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to watch a high-quality, attention-capturing masterpiece.

Feature Image: Nasa HQ Photo, Courtesy of Flickr URL

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    FractionCalcFeb 17, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I love this movie. It portrays the value of patience, calmness even in the face of danger, and the ability to use your unique survival skills. It even teaches the value and character to finish your mission against all odds. Matt Damon has perfectly done his role here. It inspires us to be stronger for the grand plan of making the planet Mars a habitable place. So a good movie.

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