20th Century FOX released their new Sci-Fi/adventure flick, “The Martian,” into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out , and thought it was very entertaining, serving up some great drama along with a great storyline. There was also a lot of suspense towards the end. It stars: Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon.
In the new flick, an Ares III manned mission to Mars gets hit by an intense storm, causing astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), to get lost and presumed dead. With the lives of her crew at stake, mission commander Melissa Lewis, is forced to leave the planet, leaving Mark behind.
From there, Mark used his great botanist skills to grow food within the mission’s artificial habitat, anticipating that he would need to survive for at least three years and journey to the landing site of the next manned mission. He kept a series of video logs to maintain morale.
Eventually, NASA engineer Mindy Park, discovered that Mark is still alive after seeing things get moved around on satellite photos of Mars. They eventually made contact with Mark after he went to dig up the 1997 Pathfinder. At first, they were only able to communicate with pictures, but then moved on to typing after a few adjustments.
At one point, Mark’s crops got totally destroyed after a malfunction caused them to get exposed to Mars’ destructive atmosphere. This caused NASA to fail at sending a probe of extra food supplies to Mars as they tried to rush the process and made errors during the launch.
At this point, it seemed like all hope was lost until ,astrodynamicist Rich Purnell, came up with a plan to have the Ares III crew extend their mission, intercepting the probe to pick up supplies and return to Mars to recover Mark. The only problem was if anything went wrong, they would all die instead of just Mark.
After making the decision to move forward with the risky plan, the suspense of the movie kicked in, giving us a very dramatic conclusion that provided lots of feel good moments after it was all said and done.
Again, I really enjoyed watching this movie from start to finish. It never had a dull moment. I thought Matt Damon did a real good job with his character. He was quite comical and entertaining. I gave the movie an excellent A grade.