“The Martian” informs and entertains


Jocelin Egeland, Writer

With credible science, fantastic landscapes and a hilarious sense of humor, The Martian should be on everyone’s list of must sees.

During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is hit with debris during a storm and is assumed to be dead. His crew (Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Aksel Hennie) leaves him stranded on the harsh planet and Watney finds himself in a fight for his life. With the next mission to the planet being four years away, Watney must find a way to survive the many obstacles that the planet throws at him with limited supplies and no communication back home.

The scenes and landscapes in this movie are so detailed and extravagant. Every scene is more beautiful than the last.

From the very first moment, the movie is full of suspense and action. The audience is immediately pulled into Damon’s portrayal of Mark Watney and all attention is focused on his adventures in space.

There are a few big actors in this movie which elevates it to a whole new level. Actors such as Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Donald Glover make the quality of acting more believable than had it been done with subpar actors.  With such a unique plot line, great actors are crucial. Without them the movie would seem tacky and unbelievable.

Even though the movie was science-fiction, it was realistic. Many sci-fi movies are out of this world in their characters and plot lines but The Martian could be real. All of the science and things that they did in the movie are mostly real and could be done in real life. Any science nerd would love this movie.

There is a scene with blood and they do use occasional crude language which may not be suitable for children.

Watney’s sense of humor is so infectious and lightens up the dark and saddening theme of the movie. This movie does not only have beautiful graphics and thrilling adventure it also teaches its audience about problem solving and how there is always an answer if you try hard enough. These qualities make the movie enjoyable, and a valuable lesson for people of all ages.

Overall The Martian deserves an A rating.