During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
I loved the movie. 😀 It was the right amount of sci-fi, action, and humour, so time just flew by in the cinema. Matt Damon carries the story as Mark Watney with such competence and charm, you’re won over by him the moment he starts to crack jokes. When he pulls one crazy, but workable, idea after another, you can’t help but be in awe of his tenacity.
He is an ode to all scientists, people who believe in what they do, in their mission to find the truth, to explore, explain, and survive. He’s super smart, but he has limits. I liked that it wasn’t only him working for his survival on Mars, but the entire planet. I wish people would cooperate like that nowadays, help each other. So, this movie is definitely something to return to when you’re feeling down. It will motivate you to move mountains. 😀
Other cast members do their job just as well and you’ll wish to see more of the nerdy scientists. They are such a likeable bunch. Just their long-suffering expressions when timelines are pushed up yet again will amuse you because you know deep down they will hook themselves up on caffeine drips if it becomes necessary. This is commitment people. You got to like them. They have some of the funniest things to say, so you definitely get a tribe vibe when you compare them to Watney. Just getting a look behind the scenes of space exploration – the labs, the large groups of people working tirelessly for safe exploration of space, the sheer research and knowledge necessary for such project – it blows your mind. I always missed that in other movies. Yes, astronauts are the most amazing, fearless people, but people getting them into space are equally praiseworthy.
I know the science in the movie will be combed through in time and there will be flaws to nitpick, but I never felt the story went totally overboard. If something was fishy, the NASA teams told it outright. It was these genuine reactions to crazy ideas that saved the movie from turning into one of those super-serious yet still ludicrous affairs. This movie is about human strength in face of adversity and how to keep up your good humour in order to pull through. These are lessons we can use in our daily lives as well. 😀
I haven’t read the book this movie is based on, but you bet I’m cracking it open in November. It has to be even funnier than the movie.