The Martian

The Martian, Bring him homeDirected by … Ridley Scott
Drew Goddard … screenplay
Andy Weir … book

Runtime ….. 141 minutes Color
Aspect Ratio … 2.39:1
Cameras … 3ality TS5, GoPro HERO4
Red Epic Dragon and Red Scarlet Dragon with Angenieux Optimo Lenses

Cast

Matt Damon … Mark Watney
Jessica Chastain … Melissa Lewis
Kristen Wiig … Annie Montrose
Jeff Daniels … Teddy Sanders
Michael Peña … Rick Martinez
Sean Bean … Mitch Henderson
Kate Mara … Beth Johanssen
Sebastian Stan … Chris Beck
Aksel Hennie … Alex Vogel
Chiwetel Ejiofor … Vincent Kapoor
Mackenzie Davis … Mindy Park
Donald Glover … Rich Purnell
Nick Mohammed … Tim Grimes

 

 

 

 

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Lane J Lubell

 

I just saw “The Martian!”

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As our closest neighbor, Mars has always held a special place in our imagination, but travel there is for more difficult and dangerous than it might seem. As the film begins, NASA has successfully landed a crew on Mars, but during a freak storm, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is separated and presumed dead. The rest of the crew leaves the Martian surface, But Watney has in fact survived. Now, alone on a planet, knowing it will take at least 4 years to rescue him, and he has enough food to last 31 days. His only chance for survival is to figure out a way to tell NASA he’s alive, and then to find water and grow food on a planet where nothing grows.

Ridley Scott, you are not a consistent filmmaker. “The Counsellor” was unwatchable and “Prometheus” made no sense. However, when you get it right, you get it right. “The Martian” was a fantastic tale of American ingenuity and could not have been any more supportive of future space exploration. The film stands largely on the legs of its fantastic ensemble cast led by an outstandingly charismatic Matt Damon. Even Kristen Wiig got to show off a little! However, the film’s MVPs were Andy Weir for his novel & Drew Goddard (BtVS, Cabin in the Woods) for his outstanding script.
Certainly, there were clichés, and this is by not a perfect movie, but it is a scientific wet dream.

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