I’d heard good things about this, and I’ve generally like Ridley Scott’s science fiction movies – I even enjoyed Prometheus. though several people have since pointed out that I’m wrong. And what a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours The Martian is.
Matt Damon is astronaut Mark Watney trapped alone on Mars, using his ingenuity and science training to stay alive long enough for a rescue mission to get to him. He’s almost relentlessly cheerful and determined in the face of adversity, and the film has some very funny moments.
There’s a feel of Apollo 13 about the film, with the NASA team on earth trying to solve the problems facing Watney on Mars, and figure out ways of rescuing him. It’s a good advert for the thrills of science, maths and engineering – look how exciting it can be to solve life-or-death problems!
The Martian landscape is beautifully photographed – apart from the lack of oxygen and water and the freezing temperatures, it looks quite a nice place. Lovely mountains.