Movie review: “The Martian”

November 12, 2015



The Martian-Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Martian-Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Staff Reporter | pcw005@ latech.edu


Movies are usually quickly in and out of theaters, but every now and again a good one may stay awhile.


The Martian is definitely one of the ones that’s stayed a while, with it being at the top of box office sales for three weeks.


Ridley Scott, director, turns Andy Weir’s novel “The Martian” into a magical motion picture, as the film is set on Mars. Many doubted the work of Scott because of past productions, but he seems to have redeemed himself after this one.


This film has taken on many genres and can be described as adventure, comedy, drama and sci-fi.


Matt Damon takes on the role of Mark Watney, an astronaut on a mission to Mars.


Watney encounters many obstacles while being a part of a team that embarks on a mission to Mars.


Watney gets separated from his team during a storm and finds himself trying to stay alive, alone on Mars. His team makes it back to Earth and presumes Watney is dead.


Watney refuses to give up and uses his limited resources to survive,while he also attempts to contact his crew back on Earth.


Damon definitely embraces the smart, witty character of Watney as the character basically outsmarts the audience in some cases by using his scientific background to find ways to get back to Earth.


While embracing the intelligent aspect, the film doesn’t forget the emotional aspect by slightly using suspense to draw the viewer in.


Even though the film doesn’t take on the exact role as the novel, critics and viewers still find it captivating and entertaining.


The film can viewed as empowering through the character of Watney because of his determination to get back to Earth by any means.


“The Martian” has grossed $185 million so far.


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