What’s New: Rather than making it an emotional journey, they keep it funny yet inspiring.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
The crew members of Ares III, the manned mission to Mars, are hit by a strong storm. With the engineer and botanist Mark Watney getting blown far away by a radio antenna, the other astronauts are forced to get back into their orbiting vessel, leaving him behind, presuming him to be dead.
But Watney isn’t dead! He is alive, millions of miles away from Earth, on a deserted planet. What follows next is a fun ride of how Mark manages to survive on Mars by contacting the NASA, growing food and waiting till he finally gets help to get back home.
'The Martian' belongs to Matt Damon! He gives one of the best performances of his career. His ability to get into any kind of character and give it his own style is what works for this movie. Yes, he wants to get back to his home, but is not the clichéd melodramatic, depressed and sobbing hero; but rather a funny one who loves spending his time trying to “science the shit out of” everything that would help him survive on Mars.
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Vincent Kapoor and Sean Bean as Mitch Henderson are a delight to watch. It is the performances of these two actors along with Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Benedict Wong and Donald Glover that make the scenes of Earth happening and worth-watching!
Jessica Chastain has a very limited role but does her best! On the other hand Kate Mara surely leaves a better impact with this performance than her act in the recently released ‘Fantastic Four’.
Ridley Scott’s fascination with outer space continues! He delivers yet another excellent movie. What makes this movie stand out is the fact that it is filled with optimism and humour. Be it Mark’s methods to survive on Mars or NASA’s efforts to bring him back home, everything has been shown wonderfully. The conversation between Watney with NASA and his crew mates are hilarious.
Also, unlike the usual space-flicks, this one’s cinematography and VFX does not show “look, how vast and amazing the space is”, but just focuses on the barren and maroon visuals of Mars.
Combo-On-Offer: Humour + VFX + Drama
Verdict: We give it THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being an inspiring and light-hearted journey of man from Mars to Earth.