Thanks to a bare-bones, yet poignant, script by Writer Drew Goddard, the Cinematography of the great Dariusz Wolski and Production Design of Arthur Max, Director Ridley Scott’s The Martian grips its audience as if it is an event that is actually occurring.
Of course, having Matt Damon as the potential victim…an astronaut, mistakenly left behind on Mars…is icing on the cake. And, having Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor to back him up, makes the movie a veritable feast.
This is a Robinson Crusoe-type story that keeps viewers fully engaged with the hero’s ingenuity and wherein the will to never give up is the lesson for us all.
The film’s only fault is some needed pruning within a 15-minute segment about two thirds into the action.
Despite that, I give The Martian a 4.2 out of 5 and encourage you to see it.