Monday, February 15, 2016
The Martian by Ridley Scott, 2015 (PG-13)
with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan
When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.
One of my favorite movies this year, it is funny, inventive, scary at time, definitely nerdy, and Matt Damon whom I am not a fan of is quite the guy for the situation. The sort of non-science-fiction feel of the entire movie, very grounded, very methodical in the steps it takes to make the story be reel is original, and for once, a mega-drama movie plot such as "we left him for dead in a desolated planet" turns out to be a comedy, and most interestingly, it winded up at the Oscars, which is not big on comedy in general. I would love to see it get an award...