This past week, NASA discovered that there is water on Mars. Is it drinkable? Does this mean there is life on the planet? How much is the government really sharing with the world?
It seems the release of the Matt Damon, Ridley Scott directed Sci-Fi hit “The Martian” opened right on time. NASA space crew ARES III is on Mars when an unexpected sand storm hits. As the crew attempts to back on board the ship, a satellite dish hits astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon). Believing their crew member has perished in the storm the Ares III blast off without him. When he finally resurfaces it is in the red dirt on the surface of Mars.
Realizing he is alone, Watney has to decide whether or not to give up and die or devise a plan for survival. Adapated from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, the audience is taking on a wild ride and crash course of Mars survival through the eyes of one man.
In the beginning, feeling like “Castaway” on Mars, this film quickly shifts into an educational, intense-action-packed story with many twists and turns keeping the audience totally engaged until the very last frame.
Matt Damon as Mark Watney carries this film with an ease and charisma that just might land him an Oscar nomination (his first for Lead Actor since “Good Will Hunting in 1997). Looks like all that training he has received as Jason Bourne served Damon extremely well in this flick.
Kristen Wiig is just ridiculously funny…even in a Sci-Fi/Adventure flick as the lead PR rep for NASA. Chiwetel Ejiofor once again saying more when silent than with his given dialogue is spot on as NASA Scientist Vincent Kapoor. Jeff Daniels is very effective as the hard-as-nails with a heart NASA head honcho – Teddy Sanders. Other than Damon, Jessica Chastain is once again shedding another layer of her chameleon skin as Ares III Commander Melissa Lewis proving she is always a force to be reckoned with on the silver screen.
Topping the weekend B.O with a domestic gross of 55 million, it is safe to say that The Martian’s blast off was a huge success.
Watch the trailer below and check out why. In the meantime, you might want to stock up on your potato supply. You’ll get the reference after watching the film.