Flash Movie Review: The Martian

I always want to be respectful of people’s feelings, even when I know with pain and discomfort it is all about perspective. Someone complaining about a nasty paper cut is something I can understand and sympathize along with the person. However, compared to someone having a limb amputated due to disease, the paper cut appears pretty minor; it is all about perspective. Last week was a challenging time for me. I am still a novice when it comes to doing things that are computer related and I had 2 online courses that had to be completed by October 1st. Without formal training on how to navigate the website, I felt lost as I struggled to find my way to taking and completing the courses. In fact on one site, every time after I logged in and clicked on the course title I was brought back to the login screen. Even trying it on a different computer and operating system ended with the same results; it was absolutely frustrating as I had to work with the site’s help desk as the clock was ticking. At the same time my day job was getting busier as we approached month end, so my mind was being heavily taxed to say the least. And if that was not enough I thought a birthday gift I had ordered online was missing as the birthdate was fast approaching. By the time Friday end of work rolled around it took all my energy just to go park the car and buy my theater ticket to see this dramatic adventure film. Right from the start my problems quickly disappeared as I saw what the main character had to endure in his situation.    ABANDONED and left for dead astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon (Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan), realized he had to find a way to contact NASA and his crew before his food and supplies would run out. Mars was not going to be helpful in his endeavor. From director Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Black Hawk Down), this science fiction film was extra special because of its cast, which included Jessica Chastain (Mama, A Most Violent Year) as Melissa Lewis and Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber franchise, Looper) as Teddy Sanders; everyone was outstanding with their characters. The other reason I was transported to Mars was due to the script; special effects took a back seat as I realized I was getting an abundance of technological jargon, but Matt made everything seem believable to me. Nothing seemed frivolous; I felt Ridley used a deft touch in letting the tension and drama play off of each other. There were some scenes where I was sitting on the edge of my seat in nervous anticipation and in the next moment I was sitting back as my eyes teared up. This picture absolutely took me away to a different place, besides adding a new perspective to this year’s batch of Oscar worthy movies. One brief scene showed blood in it.


4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 5, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Oh, this sounds good. I will watch it then.

  2. You are right, it’s all about perspective 🙂
    I hope this week is much better for you!

  3. My husband and I are really looking forward to seeing this movie. Of course, given we have the four boys, we will need to wait until we can access it on the small screen which is a bit of a pity since it looks like it would be a movie to definitely see on the big screen.

    • I do hope you can see this soon; it was something to see.

      • With no one to babysit for us, we can only see kid-friendly movies at the cinema but hopefully ‘The Martian’ is a movie that will appear on demand on the TV fairly soon after its cinema run.

      • I believe the rating is due to the curse words. I wish I was nearby to help you and your husband have a date night at the movies.

      • That’s a sweet thought. We don’t mind really though. We had ten years together before we had kids and saw loads of movies every month (tickets were much cheaper then) and our kids will only be young for such a brief period in the whole scheme of things. We can return to our cinema going ways when we are empty nesters.

      • Oh, I did not know you had 10 years together before children. I agree with kids are only young for a short time, enjoy every minute.

  4. I really enjoyed the book, so looking forward to watching this adaptation.

    • I do hope you see this movie soon and I would really enjoy hearing your comparison between the book and movie. Enjoy the experience.

      • Well, finally saw it on Sunday. I think it stayed true to the book… mostly. However, “sciencing the shit out of stuff” does not come through as clear as it does in the book. Overall, very good though.

      • Thank you for telling us about the closeness between the book and film. I’m glad you enjoyed the film and thanks as always for your comments.

  5. OH my gosh, a 4-star movie, how exciting! And guess what, you really don’t need to go see movies on schedule on our behalf. We’ll still be here, give yourself a break sometime if you really need to. Really! I’ve taken two weeks off my blog before due to vacation or other issues, and everyone was still there with me when I got back with open arms! Take care. I am looking forward to this movie.

  6. I’ve seen the film and liked it. Matt Damon plays perfectly. Ridley Scott’s approach towards a calm, even meditative movie is fitting. I also liked the lack of certain cliches which has infected many similar productions before : No American President, no family members of the main character (who lives in a small country home), no lover of the main character. The little doses of humor also contributes to the viewing pleasure. The amount of

  7. Thanks for the like on Speak! A good review, but I’ve yet to see the film. The book is amazing, and I’m glad to see Scott back to form after the pigs ear he made of Prometheus!

  8. My husband and I were able to go and see this movie at the cinema last week while my in-laws were visiting and available for babysitting. We loved it! I was expecting it to be balanced far more in the direction of intense drama, probably because I associated the astronaut in peril theme with ‘Apollo 13’ and Damon and Chastain in space with ‘Interstellar’. I was really pleased, therefore, to find that the drama was so deftly balanced with humour and light touches. We were on the edge of our seats at times and were chuckling at others. The cast were great and really embodied their characters – though Mara and Stan had very underwritten parts. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie and are very glad we had the opportunity to see it on the big screen.

  9. I have not seen this yet, but I am going to see it as soon as a I get the chance. It reminds me of Robinson Crusoe On Mars, which I enjoyed so much as a kid.

    • When you see this one I would enjoy hearing what you thought of it. Thanks for all the comments you have been leaving here; I appreciate it.

      • I haven’t gone through all of your reviews yet. I like how you put a personal touch on them and then lead into your review.
        I have never tried writing a review for a movie.

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