Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

Running time: 142 minutes

Director: Ridley Scott

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After being hit by a projectile in the middle of a fierce storm, astronaut Mark Watney is left behind in Mars by his crew mates who think he has died. Stranded in Mars all by himself, Mark will have to try to survive while finding a way to tell NASA he is still alive. In a hostile planet where food is unavailable, his only resources will be his intelligence and his optimism.

The character of Mark Watney in the book is simply fascinating. He is incredibly charming, he has a great and unexpected sense of humour, considering the situation he is in, but you also get his frustration when things don’t work as he planned. He is a relatable character and comes across as a real human being and it is all of those traits that make you so invested in his journey and Matt Damon captures every single one of those.

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However, this is not a one-man show and with such a huge cast there is not a weak link in the movie. Every single character serves its purpose and every actor is absolutely amazing. It’s a long list of actors to mention but from the people at NASA (Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover) to the Hermes crew (Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Aksel Hennie) everyone is fantastic.There is not exactly character arcs but they are all well realized. You even get the relation between Watney and his crew mates even though you hardly see them together.

Even though there are some changes, as it is expected, I felt the same as I did when I read the book and that is what I want from an adaptation. I don’t mind the changes as long as they keep the essence of the book. The emotion and the tension was all there and especially the comedy. It’s amazing how such a serious situation can actually be so funny without being cartoonish. They succeeded at pulling it off just like the book did.

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Everyone is describing it as Castaway meets Apollo 13 and it really is. And it is just as great if not more. There is a lot of science going on but, unlike Interstellar, the science is easy to follow. You believe that everything going on in Mars could have actually happened as it doesn’t play so much as fiction but as a true story, with real humanity in it. It’s visually beautiful and the special effects, as it is typical from Ridley Scott, are outstanding.

The masterful editing, cutting between Mars, Earth and Hermes makes the 2 hours and 20 minutes just fly by. Ridley Scott’s filmmaking has proven to be a bit inconsistent in the last years (even decade) but The Martian shows that he still has it in him. This is one of those rare occasions where everything comes together perfectly, the direction, the writing, the performances, the visuals, to make a breathtaking film. The Martian is a movie not to be missed.

9,75/10

This Week’s Movie News (10-14 Nov)

New Age of Ultron Trailer! Suicide Squad! Daniel Bruhl in Cap 3!

Margot Robbie and Jared Leto rumoured for ‘Suicide Squad’

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The rumours regarding Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn have been going on for several weeks now and after a brief consideration at Cara Delevigne, the possibilities has considerably increased in the last week after Collider confirmed Margot Robbie’s involvement in Suicide Squad. There’s no official confirmation from Warner Bros. though.

Another actor who has been heavily rumoured for the film lately is this year’s Oscar winner, Jared Leto. Reports say that he’s being eyed for no other than the role of the Joker.

What do you think about this? Do you like Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn? And do you like the idea of re-introducing the Joker or do you think is too soon?

Matt Damon confirms return to ‘Bourne’ franchise

Film Title: The Bourne Ultimatum

After Matt Damon said over the summer that he was open to return to the character, now the actor has confirmed that Jason Bourne and director Paul Greengrass are coming back for the fifth installment.

“It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.”

Jeremy Renner took over the franchise as Aaron Cross in 2012 in Bourne Legacy, which Universal pictures seems to be also developing a sequel for, instead of doing a crossover.

Christoph Waltz cast as Bond villain

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Chiwetel Ejiofor was initially considered to play the part of James Bond’s nemesis but according to recent reports it’s two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz the one who has landed the role. The production source said that “Waltz will play a significant role in the still untitled Bond 24 movie that will begin filming early next month. It’s not immediately evident whether the part is a friend, a foe, or a bit of both.”

Daniel Bruhl confirmed as a villain in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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Marvel announced on Friday that the German actor is going to be one of the villains in the third Captain America film. Even though he will not be the main villain in Civil War, Variety has reported that he could potentially be the main antagonist in Doctor Strange, which will come out also in 2016.

Producer Kevin Feige said the following about the casting:

“With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,”

And regarding the Civil War storyline:

“It’s a big storyline, this is the Civil War of the cinematic universe, inspired by comic book universe, but the Civil War that’s based on all of the other films, particularly ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’.”

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