Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam
Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Based on The Martian by Andy Weir
Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Budget $108 million
Hastily evacuated from Mars during a sandstorm, NASA expedition leaves on the planet botany Mark Watney (Matt Damon). Astronauts think that their colleague was killed, but in fact the storm severed antenna only has broken biomonitors Mark and “cut down” the scientist. Recovering, Watney is aware that he is one of the planet that no one knows more about the fact that he survived, and that the next expedition to Mars will arrive only after four years, and will land in a very different place. As brought to the Earth’s reserves at no time is calculated, Mark has to grow food on their own and come up with, how to communicate with NASA.
The Martian new Ridley Scott blockbuster
The new Ridley Scott blockbuster, based on the book of the programmer and budding writer Andy Weir, belongs to the rare breed of movie space that can not be described as “fantastic.” Weir Novel written with all due respect to science and engineering, and it does not appear any aliens or temporary portals or technologies like lightsabers and hyper jumps. According to the author, in the “Martian” implausible only a sandstorm of intonation, too strong for a real Martian weather (Weir could not come up with a better explanation for emergency evacuation). The rest of the book is so realistically simulates the path of survival and salvation of Watney, NASA boss recommended her by his subordinates, who are planning an expedition to Mars.
Credibility and scientific accuracy of the film Scott – is both its advantage and disadvantage. Like “Apollo 13,” “Martian” – heart name day for viewers who love to watch as the talented people solve complex engineering problems and survive in dreadful conditions. First wonders enterprise shows only mark, but then, when the world will know that nerd survived puzzle begins a character Battalion – American scientists, engineers and employees of NASA astronauts from the Expedition Watney and even Chinese “comrades” who to fly to Mars They have no relationship, but can not help when at stake is the fate of a remarkable man.
Less NASA glorification by Kristen Wiig (it need a script, to have someone to ask stupid questions and get intelligent answers), all of these characters are gifted and inventive, that the soul is singing, when you look at how they work for the sake of the common cause. The “Martian” expects audience curiosity and attention, but does not require higher technical education, as the film clearly explains everything you can to put the audience in a deadlock. Scott’s picture of the rarest of Hollywood productions, which at the same time entertain the audience, constitute it and honor the knowledge and intelligence, not skill down the hammer and beat the muzzle. Those viewers who worship adhesive tape, certainly will allocate for a separate disc with the movie shelf in your home a sanctuary. Who would have thought that such a tape useful for repairs in space!
The Martian NASA does not want to save Matt Damon
On the other hand, the “Martian” disappoint those who love the history of human conflict and spiritual growth. All the characters in the film work as a team, and the only conflict “Martian” – the confrontation of good with the best (the director of NASA does not want to risk the lives of astronauts and Flight Leader said that the decision should take astronauts). In turn, Watney appears so diehard hero, there is no feeling that Mars could break it, as if the planet nor tried. Even in the worst moments, Mark only shows his displeasure with a pair of spirited jokes and curses and continues to survive, even for a second without succumbing to despair. Remember the controversy hero “rogue states” with a volleyball ball, underlining sadness and loneliness “Robinson”? Watney in such psychological needs no props, and loneliness is not driving him crazy, but he – the loneliest person in the universe. Of course, the astronaut was supposed to be a superman, and Gagarin charm Damon as Watney very appropriate (and wit of the character). But the competence of the character makes the feat almost routine, and the drama of the narrative of this obviously suffers.
Matt Damon is a new Robinson
Do not go for the benefit of the film and what dangers threaten Watney usually described as: “A few months later the hero can die from hunger.” Film need “many” of the problem, so that the characters have enough time on their decision, but the blockbuster kinodramatizm requires movement and desperate solutions. In “Martian” is possible on the fingers of one hand to count the situation where the characters have to act immediately. Note, the “heroes”, not only Watney. He has all three of these situations – in the beginning of the film, in the middle and at the end. It’s not exactly the plot tension and drive, which you expect from a space blockbuster. The same “Apollo 13” was more dynamic and dramatic. However, the culmination of the “Martian” much more powerful than the ending of the film by Ron Howard.
Casting also deserves praise. When a similar picture, with all its spetseffektnosti, is spoken by 80%, it is essential that the smart thing to say charismatic performers, and they are in the “Martian” wandering herds. Easier said Scott who do not play the star (if not Hollywood, the television or foreign film) than the list of all the notable performers. Yes, they are not playing on all cylinders, as it provides the right to tape only Damon and their fans may be disappointed in the film engaged than Sean Bean or, say, Mackenzie Davis from the TV series “Halt and Catch Fire”. But in the context of the “Martian” these sacrifices are justified, and the picture would have collapsed if everyone was pulling the blanket over himself.