Warning: The Martian is absolutely fantastic. Do not watch if you don’t want to experience amazing acting, constantly being on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next, or seeing very well-put-together graphics.
Mark (Mat Damon) is left behind on Mars completely alone with no way to contact his team or NASA after a terrible storm. He’s been hit by a large piece of debris, making his team think that he was killed. But spoiler: he’s not dead (not actually a spoiler). He’s just injured and has a limited air, water, and food supply, and now he has to do everything in his power if he wants to survive. But worst of all, the only music he has to listen to is disco. Ugh.
But in all honesty, this was a magnificently assembled film (and I would hope so, as they had a budget of around $108 million). The actors were all great no matter how short their time on camera was. I kept forgetting that this wasn’t a true event because it felt so realistic. And despite the more serious topic of being stranded alone on an alien planet for years, Matt Damon does a great job of keeping things on the more humorous side without going overboard.
I’d definitely go see this movie again, though probably not in 3D. If you’re looking for an amazing 3D experience, you better go find yourself another movie because this one will not meet your expectations. Although every now and then there were some truly outstanding 3D moments, the film doesn’t have enough opportunities for the 3D to shine.
The Martian definitely deserves the PG-13 rating (if not something a bit higher), as it includes quite a bit of foul language and a full view of Mark’s backside.
I seriously recommend this movie to just about anyone who isn’t younger than 13. Because it deals with the universal themes of isolation and rescue, it’s not for science-fiction fans only.