The Martian

This poster of the movie shows the scene where Watney is originally thought to die.

This poster of the movie shows the scene where Watney is originally thought to die.

Nicolas Schmidt, Staff Writer


Release Date: Oct. 2, 2015

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Ridley Scott

Writing Credits: Andy Weir, Drew Goddard

Stars: Mark Watney (Matt Damon), Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), Annie Montrose (Kristen Wiig), Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels), Rich Purnell (Donald Glover), Rick Martinez (Michael Peña) and more!

Our Rating: A

Have you ever thought of what it would be like to travel to Mars? The recent movie The Martian answers the question and probably makes you think against it. In the movie, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) faces challenges that no human should ever face. He is left behind, alone, on Mars after he is thought dead during his team’s evacuation of the planet.

Watney and his potatoes.
Watney and his potatoes.

The movie starts with a shot of Watney and his colleagues working in their station on Mars. Then, they get a warning that a storm is heading toward them and they have to evacuate. However, Watney is left behind and presumed dead. Once he awakens, he gets to work in order to survive and figures out how to grow potatoes. He contacts Earth and they have a plan and rescue him; however, everything goes wrong and they have to go to on a dangerous mission to Mars to try to rescue to him. Things get complicated, and Watney’s crew all have to rise to the occasion and try their best to save the “Martian.”

One of the amazing views of the planet that we see on the film.
One of the amazing views of the planet that we see in the film.

As the movie progresses, you can perceive a perfect combination of thrill and comedy. It provides a perfect adaptation of the book, which was written by Andy Weir. The special effects and the genius direction of Ridley Scott take the watcher into space and onto the red planet. The actors bring the characters to life and make you care for all of them. Once the movie is done, everyone will have emotions for all of the things that happen to the different characters.

“I believe [that] The Martian [depicts] a challenge that, as a human race, we are eventually going to face when colonizing other planets such as Mars,” junior Rommel Ricalde said.

The movie was excellent and loved by most audiences; no one will be disappointed. The Martian got a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93 percent – higher than many billion dollar movies. To put things into perspective, the new Avengers movie got a score of 74 percent – a testament to how good the movie is. The Martian shows its audience the vastness and dangers of space and warns that we should probably think twice before sending people to Mars, but in beautiful cinematic form.