Stars: Matt Damon,Jessica Chastain,Kristen Wiig,
Release Date: 2015-09-30
Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation,Scott Free Productions,Mid Atlantic Films,International Traders,TSG Entertainment,Genre Films,
Director: Ridley Scott,Lizzie Pritchard,
The Martian Summary
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.
Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift. Would any other actor have shouldered the weight of the role with such diligent grace?
It's pretty sunny and often funny, a space oddity for a director not known for pictures with a sense of humor.
Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character's solo ordeal -- at one point, scraggly Watney calls himself a "space pirate" -- Damon is the key to the movie's exuberance.
The film is a profound testament to the rare-and underrated-virtue of simply not screwing anything up.
The Martian plays to both Scott's strengths and weaknesses. By relegating Mark's predicament to a purely survivalist scenario, he keeps things humming along without ever widening the horizon. But there was an obligation to widen the horizon.