A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive.
First time novelist Andy Weir certainly had no idea that his insanely thought out and suspenseful New York Times best-selling novel would reach the amount of popularity that it has, especially in such a short amount of time. The Martian is a perfect read for anyone looking for a nail-biting adventure, and what's more exciting than an adventure to Mars?
My experience reading this entertaining science fictional sci-fi book was one of complete astonishment. Not only was the story gripping and stressful from beginning to end, but the amount of real science detail was amazing. Mark Watney is the kind of character you can't help but root for throughout the whole story. His intelligent and resourceful characteristics combined with a witty and humorous personality kept you from feeling too setback by his situation, but instead hopeful and confident that he'll make it back to Earth alive.
It wasn't long after Weir self-published his compelling work of art in 2011 that a movie was dropped into the playing field. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney in the 2015 film, satisfying the book fans with his performance of their favorite character while keeping viewers who hadn't read the novel enjoying his comical attitude in a dyer situation. Besides the brilliant work of Damon, other well-known stars appear in this heart pounding feature to portray Watney's Hermes crew and the people back at NASA, all shuffling and working tirelessly to get Watney home. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean and more.
As a big fan of the novel, I think I can speak for all of the millions who fell headfirst into this read when I say that the movie was surprisingly fantastic. The course that the film took within the first fifteen minutes made it clear that director Ridley Scott had no intentions of betraying the events that took place in the novel. Something that pleasantly surprised me was the fact that almost every incident that happened in the book leading up to Watney's rescue was included in the movie. With that kind of layout, I don't think it was too devastating to book fans that Watney's actual rescue itself was spiced up a little in the film. If anything, we were happy to actually see Watney's infamous Iron Man maneuver work out. No complaints there.
The Martian is definitely a must see for any audience who enjoys a good old fashioned space adventure and are looking for a memorable thriller. With realistic technical details and enough keen wit to satisfy any hard science and fiction fan, The Martian is a definite five star experience, one you surly won't want to miss!