This movie follows astronaut Mark (Matt Damon) who has been stranded on mars after his team believe him dead. He is left with limited resources and no way to contact earth. He must rely on his own ingenuity to survive and find away to let NASA know he is alive.
I loved this movie. It has drama, suspense and the sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrill that you get from horrors and thrillers without the scare factor. It has so many great elements to this. The cinematography is fantastic and the set design is perfect. Although I’ve never been to Mars, the set Ridley Scott and the crew created seemed very realistic.
Matt Damon does an amazing job as the star of The Martian. He is the focal point for the whole movie and is in 80% of the scenes, yet he is alone in 99% of his scenes. Acting alone and portraying a character while keeping the audience entertained is no mean feat but Matt Damon carries this off perfectly.
Because this movie is about space, NASA and technical mumbo jumbo, we as the audience need the all important conversations between characters to get a sense of what is happening and what certain technical words mean etc. But how can they do that when there is only one actor?
The way they filmed this and pulled this off is really very clever. They had Matt Damon talk to cameras that are set up in space crafts that record for NASA records so it seemed logical and legitimate. I mean, if I was stranded on Mars I think I would be talking to the camera either hoping someone may catch the frequency or to organise my thoughts and not feel so completely alone.
At it’s core this movie is about people. And humanity. As soon as the crew, and really, the world hear that Mark is stranded on Mars everyone jumps into action with different ideas on how to rescue him. (No mean feat when we’re talking space). The film shows the lengths people or humans will go to save someone they love. Ultimately the saving of Mark turns into a worldwide coming together of people. It forces world leaders and countries to come together to help each other. Its actually very refreshing to see. (Some how I don’t see this happening in real life. But then, maybe I’m just being pessimistic.)
The movie takes place over a course of around 2.5 years and I found the passage of time fascinating. Not so much how they showed it in the movie (a beard here, a little grey hair there), but the idea that time essentially means nothing in space travel. For example, for the crew to go back to save Mark it would add an additional 19 months to their travel. That’s over 2 years in just travel…. Without seeing family, friends, going to the supermarket, going to the park, walking the dog, driving a car…. It’s mind boggling when you think about it.
Sorry. Went a little off course with the space and time thoughts. As I write the film talk, I can’t help but write as though this event really happened and I keep analysing and comparing this movies as though it was a real event. Just shows how great this movie is and how believable The Martian is.
I hope you enjoyed the film talk on The Martian and if you haven’t already, I hope you watch it. If you have seen it I would love to hear your thoughts on the movie. Did you enjoy it? Did you find it realistic? Am I being to pessimistic?