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Evan Wheatley - wrote on 10/21/2016
“Everywhere I go I’m the first. It’s a strange feeling. Step outside the rover, first guy to be there. Climb that hill, first guy to do that. Four and a half billion years, nobody here. And now…me.”
- Mark Watney, “The Martian”
Imagine you’re the first person to be alone on an entire planet. You’re in a NASA exploration habitat that was built to last for 31 days. Your food supply is limited. If the oxygenator breaks, you’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks, you’ll die of thirst. If the habitat is breached, you’ll implode. What do you do? How do you survive? Is it possible to make it back home? For astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), dying is not an option.
You’d think a story about one man’s fight for survival on a planet several million …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/07/2016
Ridley Scotts Film über das Überleben eines Astronauten auf einem trostlosen Planeten ist im Herzen die Geschichte eines Schiffbruchs. Obwohl der Plot nichts Neues bietet, sind die Details und auch der Tonfall so wie ich es vorher noch nicht gesehen habe. Matt Damons Mark Watney ist ein Mann, der all sein Einfallsreichtum und seinen Mut für eine unmögliche Situation bündelt, um sie zu ertragen. Vor allem muss er die ungeheure Einsamkeit aushalten. Es ist nicht so, dass die Twentieth Century Fox einen Film bezahlen würde, in dem der Astronaut am Ende stirbt. Es fragt sich also nicht, was passieren wird, sondern wie es passiert. Glücklicherweise basiert Ridley Scotts Film auf einem intelligenten Drehbuch von Drew Goddard, dass unter anderem untersucht, wie man einen gerissenen …
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/01/2016
An astronaut is assumed dead after an accident on the surface of Mars and faced with a lonely death in a hostile world, he sets about taking his fate into his own hands. Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13 in this "triumph of the human spirit" style drama from Ridley Scott, although his approach to the story is rather different from his usual intellectualized, "arty" norm. It has a broad streak of warm humour that counterpoints the desperation of the character's situation that really makes you root for him in his quest for survival. The film of course looks fantastic, with an obvious desire for authenticity that makes the production design pure science porn. There is a message in the story in the subtext of humanity's taking for granted the natural world that feeds and sustains us but the …
Snoogans - wrote on 01/17/2016
'The Martian' sees director Ridley Scott return to sci-fi in a big way. He assembles a large, diverse, and extremely good cast in an epic outer space survival piece. This is a much more grounded and smartly written film than most that are set in space. They go to great lengths to tie together fiction with actual scientific facts. The two blend together seamlessly, making the events believable within the confines of the story. This is aided greatly by the top-notch special effects that immerse us into the world of Mars. We see everything unfold from three perspectives: our hero, those who left him behind, and the brilliant minds at NASA who are working day and night to rescue him. We get ample time with all sides, watching the intricacies of communication and teamwork that goes …
Indyfreak - wrote on 01/15/2016
Ridley Scott's best work as a director since Gladiator FIFTEEN years ago and features one of Matt Damon's absolutely finest performances as stranded astronaut Mark Watney who's stuck on Mars (yes the red planet Mars) by himself during a mission gone wrong. All Watney has is his wits and his will to survive and endure for as long as humanly and scientifically possible. The best aspects of this film are the cast, the scenery, the humor, and perhaps most importantly how Scott tells the story. Let's be honest, on paper and even based off the trailers it looked just like basically Castaway but this time in space. I tell you what, this is far better than Castaway. Funnier too. Instead of having Matt Damon feeling sorry for himself or his colleagues feeling bad about leaving him behind, they …
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 11/14/2015
"Dear America, remember that astronaut we killed and had a really nice funeral for? Turns out he's alive, and we left him on Mars. Our bad, sincerely NASA."
I hope NASA draws its conclusions after watching this film. Namely rearranging their budget. First, they can scrap these expensive looking airlocks and replace them by locks made of cellophane which is attached with use of duct tape. Now they can use that extra budget for a reserve communication system in the base station so that any abandoned crew-member can still contact the control center in Houston if the initial one fails. They would hear for the first time: "Houston, I have a problem". That was the first thing that flashed through my mind after watching this otherwise smashing great SF, created by the unsurpassed, "my all …
Chase - wrote on 11/04/2015
Based on the book by Andy Weir, "The Martian" is about a man named Mark Watney, played by Matt Daemon, who got left behind on Mars and he has to try to find a way to survive long enough so that NASA can bring him back home. This is a movie that I had high expectations for and it totally delivers on all four fronts. What I really like about it, and something that really surprised me, is how funny this movie is. It could've easily be a movie where's it's serious all the time, but director Ridley Scott found a way to make it a really funny movie while balancing the drama and intense nature at the same time. Matt Daemon has done an excellent job as Mark Watney. I love the character himself because despite the fact that he's stranded on Mars with no one else around, he always maintain …
Logan Bangerter - wrote on 10/16/2015
Ridley Scott's latest movie is another sci-fi movie, only this one is a lot more light-hearted than others. This is a good thing. The Martian could be described as a mixture between Cast Away and Apollo 13. Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars and has to not only find a way to survive, but figure out how to communicate with NASA. Usually this would be tragic, but the movie is surprisingly really funny, as Matt Damon pulls off a great performance as this guy. The other cast does really good too, such as Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Eijofor and others. Even though some of the movie felt pretty slow, and the movie could've been a little bit shorter, it really gives you a connection with Mark Watney. You feel that Mars is a place that you would like to visit, but at the same time, run away …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/10/2015
You think you're having a bad day? Mark Whatney just got his by flying debris in a major storm - storm that happens to be on Mars, and it happens to puncture his suit, and his team leaves him behind barely making it off Mars themselves. But Whatney isn't dead - and he really, really, really wants to stay alive.
The Martian is a story about living - and utilizing all your knowledge and ingenuity to keep alive in what could be considered the worst possible situation. That is the bulk of the story, but it's also a story about coming together for a common goal. If this goal is to save one man, so be it - what better reason to have China and America finally get along? A bit far-fetched, maybe, but hope is a powerful tool to get people to work together - and push themselves to the …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/07/2015
Mark Watney: "F**k you Mars".
The story is about astronaut Mark Watney is separated from his party following a fierce storm and left behind after being presumed dead. But he has survived and with few supplies, he will have to rely on his own ingenuity to survive and figure out a way to Earth that he is still alive.
You can slap Ridley Scott's name on anything and everyone (including me) will go see it. It's so awesome that you still can go to the cinema today and see a new film directed by the guy who brought us Alien, now that's freaking awesome. But Ridley can be a hit or miss with the movies that he's releasing recently such as: Robin Hood, The Counselor and Exodus: Gods and Kings, but Prometheus (In my opinion) was pretty good and I know a lot of people may not like that movie …