Due to an accident caused by a storm, Mark Watney was left in Mars, presumed dead. By a miracle, he survived the storm and has to find a way to survive on the planet just enough for the next Ares Mission to arrive. Fortunately for him, NASA discovers that he’s alive, making it their mission to keep him so.
The book was filled with intense scenes, some which did not make it in the film or was rewritten around to make it less dramatic. It didn’t focus on making things somber, but was really filmed as an adventure flick. It was entertaining but having read the source, the film seems like a watered down version of it. Still, I loved the feeling of adventure it has.
The film was aesthetically pleasing. It added much to the tone Ridley Scott was trying to convey. It wasn’t styled over the top, and didn’t adapt much of the shooting manner that both Gravity and Interstellar did. It showed different perspectives, and though cutting into three separate settings can make things confusing, it works here. I do wish they had written more of the disaster scenes in; I was hoping for one of the events to play onscreen but they had written around it. There was so much detail left out, but it didn’t derail from the final product.
This was a good ensemble film. Damon holds well on his own but none of the actors particularly stood out. The sense of adventure was present and hit the right marks when it comes to making the film entertaining without resulting to ‘déjà vu’-like elements.
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Director: Ridley Scott