Sun, 15 Dec, 2019

The Martian: Literally Out of This World

By Mahan Adhikari

Picture Courtesy: Ashmita Kunwar

A story of a man, lost in the middle of Mars and his will to survive is what “The Martian” is all about. Matt Demon as Mark Watney with Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor take this piece of art to the next level. Directed by Ridley Scott and based on the 2011 novel “The Martian”, the movie is about an astronaut who is presumed dead after a horrific storm in mars. But he survives the storm and finds himself alone is the middle of nowhere. Now he has to survive on his own through his ingenuity, wit and mainly spirit and find out a way to tell his friends in NASA that he’s alive. The journey of how he communicates to NASA, how he keeps himself alive and how is he rescued is all that “The Martian” shows the audience.

This movie is one of the best movies of 2015 and the proof of it is the nominations and the awards that it won. “The Martian” was nominated in 7 different categories for the Oscars. It won the Golden Globe award for the Best Motion Picture and Leading Actor (Male). This movie is capable of totally captivating its audience through its story-line. From the moment that Watney is left stranded in Mars, the movie keeps on you glued on the screen. Instead of fighting hunger and loneliness, the lead character, Mark learns to make them a part of himself. He, as a botanist, makes full use of his knowledge to grow food on the barren lands of Mars which helps him to survive there for a long time. The research team back in NASA also figures out that he’s alive and hence they initiate a rescue mission. Yet the mission does not go according to the plan and you see people who left him in Mars, risk their lives to get him out of there.

The Martian is a movie filled with anticipation, suspense and above all, great content. It is about keeping hope and having the will to survive. I totally loved ‘The Martian’. This piece of art is a must watch for all movie lovers. Matt Demon is simply brilliant in his role. My verdict in one word:  awesomtacular.