Bluray + Digital HD
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Released By: 20Th Century Fox
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Kristen Wig, Donald Glover
Run Time: 141 Minutes
“When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.”
The Martian revolves around a character named Mark Watney, who is played by Matt Damon. Watney and his crew were on Mars when a big storm started to brew. They make the decision to leave the planet before any harm can be done. While making their way back to the ship, debris hits Watney knocking him off course and away from his crew. With his crew believing that he was dead, and the condition of the storm worsening, they left the planet without him. When the storm dies down, Watney wakes up inured but alive, only to find himself stranded alone on the planet. With a very little amount of supplies, he must learn how to use what he has to survive and try to contact NASA. After a long and hard road, he figures out how to communicate and let everyone know that he’s still alive. Though he is successful, he would still have to wait years for a rescue mission to potentially get to him. Without giving anything else away, I just want to say that this movie was a lot of fun. Matt Damon did a great job of showing many different levels of emotion. He showed true panic when he realized that he was left alone on a strange planet. He showed excitement when realizing that he learned how to survive and make contact with NASA. He showed sadness when everything went wrong. He even showed heart and hopefulness when he believed that he could survive. No matter what emotion was being portrayed on screen, we the audience felt it off screen as well. Damon is such a good actor, and he was absolutely perfect for this role. The movie also stars actors such as Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Chiwetel Ejiofor who were also incredible. Not only was this film acted well but it was also filmed beautifully. Throughout the movie, I found myself believing that some of the shots of Mars were actual shots from Mars because of how beautiful and realistic it all looked. Another thing that I have to mention is the score. Some of the music that was used in this movie was so unexpected but perfectly placed, which added even more to the experience. If you missed the movie while it was in theaters, and are worried about not getting the same experience…don’t worry, buy the Bluray. The Picture and Audio Quality on the Bluray are just as good, and personally gave me the same feel as it did in the theater. You also get a nice handful of Special Features to watch once you’re finished watching the movie. One of them being a Gag Reel, which is always my favorite. Overall, The Martian takes you on an amazing adventure, filled with many emotions. You’ll find yourself smiling, frowning, worrying, and even laughing throughout the movie. If that’s not enough, you get some beautiful visuals, and a lot fun music to listen to as well. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be disappointed.
Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction
– Learn how the producers brought an acclaimed novel, a master director, and a stellar cast together for THE MARTIAN
Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes
– Matt Damon and his ensemble of his incredibly talented actors discuss their roles in THE MARTIAN.
5 Theatrical In-Word Pieces
– Ares III: Farewell
– The Right Stuff
– Ares: Our Greatest Adventure
– Leave Your Mark
– Bring Him Home
Ares III: Refocused
– Seven years after the events of Ares 3, take a deeper look at the true story behind Mark Watney’s daring rescue.
8 Out Of 10 Stars