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RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 141 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION RIDLEY SCOTT SCREENPLAY DREW GODDARD STARRING MATT DAMON, JESSICA CHASTAIN, KRISTEN WIIG, JEFF DANIELS, MICHAEL PENA, KATE MARA, SEAN BEAN, SEBASTIAN STAN, AKSEL HENNIE, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, DONALD GLOVER, BENEDICT WONG, MACKENZIE DAVIS MUSIC HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS


 

WATCH THE TRAILER

 

WARNING! Watch the trailer with caution. It spoils quite a bit.

 


PREMISE

Ridley Scott’s best movie since Black Hawk Down. Matt Damon stranded on a distant planet and waiting to be rescued (where did we have that recently) 😉

POSITIVES

When I heard about the premise my first thought was, ok, how will they explain to me that an astronaut can actually survive on its own on Mars? Although I’m not s scientist the movie convinced me and that it’s possible. And that’s a compliment to the screenwriter and the author of the book. The movie also looks gorgeous, but that’s pretty much a given with any Ridley Scott project.

NEGATIVES

The most surprising thing about the film is that it’s pretty light hearted. That’s a plus but also a minus for me personally. First of all, it’s cool that it has humor and making me laugh, but then again, giving the premise, is it really appropriate? Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t feeling like this guy was really in danger because he took it all with a sense of humor and straight face. This means I wasn’t all invested emotionally. It’s a minor point, but for me an important one because I like the drama aspect in these kind of stories (especially when I compare it with similar movie like Cast Away).

CONCLUSION

But everything else about the movie was awesome, Matt Damon’s performance stands out, but all the supporting cast, which is really big, did a great job as well. Mars never looked better and hopefully NASA starts to invest in new space programs. The interest is there taking to account all the space movies coming out in recent years and the box office.

Go out and see it!