Five Reasons You’ll Love It - February 8, 2016

The Martian - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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The Martian - Five Reasons You'll Love It

After taking on the Bible for his last project Exodus: Gods & Kings, Ridley Scott is back again and he’s looking up at the sky once again. Crucially this time he’s got his eye fixed on outer space with his new adaptation of Andy Weir’s bestselling novel The Martian.

The movie stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut who is sent out to Mars as part of an investigative team, but, after a major mishap, his team are forced to evacuate and Watney becomes stranded. Alive by some miracle he is forced to fend for himself on the brutal, harsh planet’s surface, all while trying to figure out a way back to Earth.

With a brilliant cast that also includes Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig and Jeff Daniels in key supporting roles, the movie has already been talked up as a major Oscar contender and is sure to be one of the biggest candidates for some of the biggest awards.

The Martian is released on DVD on Monday (it's available to pre-order here, including an exclusive hmv steelbook), but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love it..


Matt Damon is on excellent form…

Given Watney is trapped up on Mars all by himself for the vast majority of the movie, a lot hangs on Damon’s performance, but he more than delivers and keeps the balance between the character’s will to survive and struggle to keep going perfectly.


As are the rest of the cast…

It’s testament to Scott’s continued pull and the strength of the source material that he’s been able to assemble such an amazing cast when so much of this movie is about Damon’s character. Jeff Daniels as the shifty head of NASA Teddy Sanders, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s tortured mission director Vincent Kapoor and Donald Glover’s frenzied mathematician Rich Purnell are all on particularly fine form.


Drew Goddard’s script is excellent…

As we get reminded quite a few times it takes a long time to get anywhere in space, so it’s a big achievement that Goddard’s adaptation of Weir’s book actually feels quite pacy and full of verve. For a film that’s mostly lots of talks in rooms with complicated looking equipment to feel like a thriller speaks volumes...

Mars looks incredible…

Filmed on one of the world’s biggest sound stages Scott and his team have made The Martian look superb. Creating a vast, desolate red planet can’t be easy to pull off, but every time it cuts to a wide shot it fills the screen with this huge, dusty plot of hopelessness and really heightens the film.


And the ending is just as good…

The final action sequence is absolutely heart-pounding, you will be glued to the very, very tip of your cinema seat.

The Martian is released on DVD on Monday (February 8th). 

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The Martian | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

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