ByMarvel.Thalia, writer at

Spoilers for the movie. But if you've watched the trailers then not that many spoilers at all.

The Martian based on the Novel by Andy Weir (Which just so happens to be my favourite book) is amazing. The trailer is at the bottom of this review.

The Martian is the story of an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars by his crew after they mistake him for dead. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) has to figure out how to survive at least 4 years with equipment only meant to last 31 days. When NASA figures out he is still alive thanks to the sharp eyes of Mindy Park (Mackenzie Davis) they need to make contact with the botanist and engineer Mark Watney and but how can they do that when they're 54.6 million kilometres apart and all their communication devices are offline?

With the quick thinking of Rich Purnell (Donald Glover) and the bravery of the team on their way home from the failed Ares Mission Dr Chris Beck (Sebastian Stan [Yes the Winter Soldier]), Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), Beth Johanssen (Kate Mara), Rick Martinez (Michael Pena [Yes that funny guy from Antman]) and Alex Vogel (Aksel Hennie) as well as the brains of the people on the ground at NASA like Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels), Venkat Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Mitch Henderson (Sean Bean) have to figure out how to save Mark Watney before he starves to death.

Although in all senses of the word it is Science-Fiction and it is praised for it's scientific accuracy (Except at the very end, but hey, it's Hollywood)it's more about the people then the science. It's a movie about the fight for survival, it's about bringing out the best in people as the whole world rallies together to do one thing, to bring Mark home, it's a movie how we can be touched by people we haven't even met and how in the face of adversity we should never give up. It was also very visually stunning, funny and humorous, whilst also showing the gravity (no pun intended) of the situation.

For those who read the book and want to know on a scale of Percy Jackson (Bad adaptations) to The Fault in Our Stars (Awesome adaptation) how accurate is the book to movie adaptation I'd have to say it's pretty accurate. They took a few liberties as all directors, actors and scriptwriters do and they cut out a bit including the second storm but if they had done every single detail as it had happened on the book the movie would have been like 4 hours.

The reason this movie doesn't get a 10 is because I'm saving my ten... no that was a Fault in Our Stars reference the real reason I didn't give it a ten is because of a few plot point they could have explained better to those who either haven't read the book or aren't rocket scientists.... so basically everyone.

Rotten Tomatoes has rated The Martian with a whopping 93% and it is currently the biggest movie at the box office at £4.5M which is $6.9M

I'm giving this movie a 9.5 out of 10.

I suggest you go see it whilst it's still in cinemas because it won't be as good if you watch it on some camera recorded copy or pirated version online.


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