Stuck on Mars: no big deal

The director of Alien, Ridley Scott, and the Oscar-nominated star of Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon, come together to take viewers on an emotional journey to Mars in the new, must-watch science-fiction film The Martian.

Based on Andy Weir’s first novel of the same name, there is no doubt this movie will entertain general audiences, but science-fiction, action, and adventure lovers are in for an especially extraterrestrial treat.

During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and is left behind by his crew, stranded and alone on the hostile planet.

Although it is a survival movie, The Martian is also originally funny, thrilling and an overall amazing movie experience.

It is nearly impossible not to love Watney’s ingenuity, wit and spirit, and the rest of the brilliantly-cast crew including the wonderful Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), Annie Montrose (Kristen Wiig), and Beth Johanssen (Kate Mara).

Jeff Daniels, who takes a break from his comedic character in Dumb and Dumber, surprises viewers with an incredible performance as Teddy Sanders, the cautious NASA Director.

There is no question that the storyline is brilliant, but the charismatic A-list actors play a large role in the powerful impact of the film.

This review, however, would be incomplete without also mentioning the special effects and sound crew that really made The Martian experience one that is out of this world, literally.

Throughout the movie, when viewers are not laughing at Watney’s clever puns and the 70s classic tunes that provide his only entertainment and lighten the mood, they are likely having their breath taken away by the coolest rocket ship in the history of space travel and the amazing and realistic panoramic views of Mars.

I highly recommend viewing the film in IMAX 3D for a full awe-inspiring Martian experience.

Although the film is on the long side, the two hours and twenty-one minutes pass by in a flash in this masterpiece of a film.

Not only is the science of the film accurate, it also proves time really is relative in space.

Rated: PG-13

Length: 141 minutes

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor