Director Ridley Scott who brought you magnificent films like Prometheus and Alien now hopes to please audiences with The Martian which is less sci-fi and more science fact. He says he was “attracted by the emphasis on science, and thought a balance could be struck between entertainment and learning.”
The only learning that was included was when the actors were talking and explaining the science so fast it left the audiences going, what did he just say?
Being a film about human connection, it comes with one of most generic and soppy narratives ever seen. Its feelings verses knowledge, but here the balance is all wrong. Compare that to Interstellar which got the balance between the two just spot on, with people taking away with them how space time actually works.
Adapted from the novel The Martian by author Andy Weir, it sets out to prove that humans can do anything if they put their minds to it. Even if that’s means watching Matt Damon for most of the film.
The two hours and twenty two minutes of the film supplies some amazing actors including Jessica Chastain playing the captain, Kate Mara playing an astronaut, along with Sean Bean who designs the mission to Mars.
With Damon playing the astronaut Mark Watney, he takes on the never heard about before role of a human fighting for survival.
The film starts with a sand storm, forcing the crew to evacuate. This is where Damon gets hit and blown away, ultimately leaving him behind and the start of his gloomy so-called adventure begins.
His oversentimental empty expressions that make you want to fall into a deep depression, must tough it out (as well as me and you watching.) But he is not alone! Armed with the knowledge to make water and some spuds, along with some convenient gadgets that just happen to be there, he must stay alive for the duration of the film.
While back on Earth, the humans actually contemplate whether they want to rescue him or inform the public he is alive. Not a simple decision to make and it creates all kinds of rifts with NASA’s highest ranking employees, with even one of them threatening to fire another, which made no sense in the film.
The Martian should more have been a drama rather than a sci-fi, it failed to adequately explain key scientific concepts like space travel or futuristic technology. It exhausted all its efforts, only holding on to the emotional side. Like a crying child that wants to be picked up, it is just simply annoying to look at.
With any luck, the follow up to Prometheus which is set to land in 2017 will be more exciting than this movie. As for Damon, it seems like he wants to cling on to as many roles as possible, with him set to star in a film called Downsizing next year, let’s just hope his career goes the same way.