The Martian: Movie Review


Drew Fritzler, Staff Writer

Synopsis: The Martian is set in a future where missions to Mars are a somewhat regular occurrence for the people of Earth. A team of astronauts experiences a potentially deadly storm and is forced to evacuate the planet. In the havoc, astronaut Mark Watney is struck by debris and believed to be dead. Watney comes back to consciousness as the only human on Mars. Using nothing but the resources left by his team and his own quick wit, he tries to contact NASA and survive long enough for them to send help.

The Martian is a perfect story of human perseverance and cooperation. It is a great mix of a feel-good movie with several curveballs to keep you excited. I really loved Matt Damon’s performance as Mark Watney. He did a great job portraying a scientist in peril.  Damon also did a great job of displaying his emotional range. I think Damon did a great job overall acting in this film. However, there was a part of this movie where it cut away from Watney for too long. I think this movie could have benefited from giving Matt Damon more screen time.

This film was well directed and had a story that is exciting. It was fun to watch because there were so many twists. Ridley Scott usually does a great job directing and he did in this film. I stayed interested the whole time. Sometimes it felt like there wouldn’t be a resolution to rescue Watney. There was intense drama until the very end, which is why I loved this movie.

Matt Damon’s performance combined with the direction of Ridley Scott made this movie one of my favorites in 2015. There was non-stop action that can keep an audience interested for the entire run time. Matt Damon fit his role perfectly and conveyed a theme of humanity’s primal instinct to do whatever it takes to survive. I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a feel good story that has plenty of action.

Also I recommend seeing this movie in 3D. I saw it in 3D and it was definitely worth an extra $1.50. The Martian is rated PG-13 and is theaters now.