The Martian – I have been looking forward to this movie for a while. Matt Damon, that man can put his boots under my bed any day 😉 Ok, maybe my man Mitchell may not be to happy about that, but I sure would lol. Matt is one of Forbes magazine’s most bankable stars, and after watching the Bourne series, it is easy to see why. Since starring alongside long time friend Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting, Matt has been the recipient of many awards such as an Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and many, many others. Matt also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 for his work in the film industry.
With all those awards and nearly 20 years of making great films such as the Oceans and Bourne Trilogies, The Talented Mr Ripley, Saving Private Ryan and Elysium, it is of no surprise that he has starred in this Summers big intergalactic hit The Martian. Who wouldn’t want Matt to star in one of their movies? The guy is super talented and a wonderful role model. According to boxoffice.com The Martian scored the second largest October debut ever, earning a whopping $55 MILLION over its opening weekend. Go Matt!!!
After watching the Movie Trailer at least a dozen times, I was so glad I purchased our movie tickets online and got to watch Matt’s latest flick at our local IMax theatre. It was packed full of excited movie goers, I had freshly made popcorn, a frozen coke….I was like a pig in poop! After watching 20 minutes of trailers, the lights dimmed and I got nice and comfy in my chair. After watching Elysium and Interstellar….I wasn’t entirely sure what too expect, but 5 minutes into The Martian and I knew it was going to be a big hit.
The movie revolves around astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) who is injured while trying to escape an intense storm which has hit the crew on Mars. Presumed dead, the missions commander is forced to leave the planet, leaving Watney behind. Mark wakes up when his pressure suit alerts him to the lack of oxygen in his helmet and as he looks around, Mark realises he has been left on the barren planet. Thanks to the storm, Matt’s communication equipment is damaged, leaving him unable to contact NASA. Things look bleak and you start to wonder if little green men are going to pop up, but no, the movie doesn’t head off in that direction. This movie is one mans tale of survival. His determination and drive. It also leaves you wondering about the US and their internal politics….would their government really leave a man behind?
Thankfully Mark is a Botonist….a very smart one at that. Realising his rations wont last long, he makes plans to cultivate his own food. There are several set backs along the way, but most of the time you are clapping and cheering Mark in his fight for survival. NASA’s plan to send a small craft of supplies backfires when the probe explodes during launch. In the end, it is China that comes to the rescue. Now, if you have been paying any attention to the media of late and what is going on in the South China Sea, you will understand why accepting China’s help is a tad ironic. Especially when you consider that both countries are not very happy with each other at the moment.
The film does a great job making Watney a real character with a wide range of emotions. You can’t help but laugh at his humour, shed a tear when all looks bleak and jump for joy when luck and lots of hard work pay off. It’s not a romantic flick, but it’s still a fabulous movie to watch with a loved one. Perfect date night entertainment 😉 If I was to give it a rating, I would give it a 10/10….its that good! The Martian is playing in cinemas across Australia. If you have seen the movie, let me know what you think of it. Planning a relaxing evening with your partner? Go check it out – The Martian – out now.
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