Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Martian (2015)

Directed by Ridley Scott

Starring Kate Mara, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

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After Alien, Prometheus, and this, seems that Scott’s good at making space movies. And like any good space movie, this one’s made more realistic by being a bit heavy on the engineering. I wonder how much of what went on was really viable vs. fictionalized.

Damon as abandoned astronaut, again. He undergoes a body transformation like Hanks in Castaway, only it turns out this one was CGI. Still, it’s a great effect, as good as the job on Sam Worthington in Avatar. A nice dose of comedy from Damon keeps the movie from getting bogged down in dry engineering talk.

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