The Martian


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.

And that sums up the first 20 minutes of this 141 minute movie.

I viewed “The Martian” tonight, and I can only describe it as.. AWESOME! I haven’t been genuinely entertained, by a theater experience, like this in a long time. And what’s even better, is the facts.. yes, the facts. Nasa big brain scientists had an opportunity to review The Martian before release and said that a great deal of the science depicted, was possible – so, what we have here is a Sci-Fi movie, grounded in actual science. And I love that.

The only thing that the Nasa guys had an real issue with was the storm that forced the Ares III crew to abandon Mars, leaving Mark Watney (Matt Damon) behind. The Martian air pressure is very thin, and the dust storm that wreaks so much havoc in the movie, would be more like a fog bank rolling in, than a hurricane force wind. There were a few other minor details that this production took liberties with, like having enough sunlight to grow potatoes within the radiation shielded ship, etc.. 

So, great job to every one involved, this one definitely earns a spot in my library, once the bluray is released.

Author: Jethal