The Martian

The Martian

The Martian

Space survival thriller from Ridley Scott, adapting Andy Weir’s best-selling novel about an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars when his crew leave him behind – presumed dead. When NASA discovers “the Martian” is still alive, the clock counts down to plan and execute a seemingly impossible rescue mission. Co-stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Kate Mara (127 Hours) and Michael Peña (Fury).

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Lead Actor (Damon) at the 2016 Golden Globes
2015Rating: M, Survival themes and coarse language141 minsUSA
AdventureScience FictionBlockbuster

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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Ridley Scott’s previous journeys into outer space have been bold leaps of imagination paired with visual flair. The Martian, on the other hand, is a scientifically-grounded thriller set for the most part on a planet that’s got heaps of red rocks. Having more in common with Castaway than the horrors of Alien, it’s the nerve-wracking situation that Matt Damon’s smart-arse character Mark Watney finds himself in, stranded on the surface of Mars, that does the heavy lifting, rather than wonders of the cosmos or previously unseen terrors.

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Variety

Variety

An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story.

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Total Film

Total Film

It’s not iconic sci-fi to match Alien or Blade Runner but it is a topical, supremely crafted, intelligent, heartfelt spectacle with gallows humour to die for.

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Time Out

Time Out

Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character's solo ordeal, Damon is the key to the movie’s exuberance.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

It’s a film about micromanaging, fixing things on the fly, and a lot of Ridley’s gruff, technocrat personality shines through.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A wide-eyed tribute to human ingenuity that packs enough snark to pull itself out of the black hole of earnestness, even if its fuel runs out partway through.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An uncustomarily cheery and upbeat film from Scott, a number of whose works range from the despairing to the nihilistic.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

None of the stylistic elements serves to make for especially compelling viewing; it's overlong and occasionally irritating when it should be moving.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Anchored by another great turn from Matt Damon, The Martian mixes smarts, laughs, weird character bits and tension on a huge canvas.

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