Review: The Martian

This year’s ultimate space movie

The Martian definitely meets the hype that has surrounded its release, with an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Kate Mara among others. Based on book by Andy Weir, The Martian is epically entertaining and rather surprisingly, funny considering its premise.

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During a mission on Mars, Astronaut and Botanist Mark Watney (Damon) gets left behind after he is presumed killed during a storm that forces the crew to evacuate the planet.

However, he wakes up, impaled and alone on a planet that nothing grows. What follows is the most amazing survival story ever, as Mark must calculate what he needs to survive before the next mission to Mars, four years away.

As he progresses, he finds a way to communicate with NASA and the world starts to watch as they try to figure out a way to bring him home. The Martian at times completely astounds you with the many ‘MacGyver-type’ hacks that it takes to keep Mark alive against all odds and with limited resources. While there are many science terms that may confuse and there’s even a ridiculous Michael Bay-type space manoeuvre, you’ll forgive it for both as you enjoy the ride of The Martian. An absolute must-see movie!

5 stars