for once, just once, I wish one science fiction film would create as much a buzz as other shit kicking Valentine’s day money grubbing mindless flicks… but that’s even more absurd sci-fi thinking. while the science and mathematical calculations in The Martian are astronomically intricate and mind numbingly complex, the math behind the film is kindergarten simple. it’s an easy peasy 1+1 equals one of the best films of this year.
The Martian has about 140 million miles of reasons for being so funny, incredibly sharp and smart and charged up with solar emotional panels to last us a whole 892 days if we ever found ourselves stranded and separated from good sci-fi adaptions.
it is a one man space opera extravaganza. you have to see it to believe it. i almost couldn’t believe it myself that Ridley Scott could ever turn back from the dark side. following the avalanche of critics he received from his latest blockbuster both scientific and historical efforts gone awkwardly and terribly wrong, this one actually feels like a doozy. like the famous tagline, Scott basically sciences the shit out of this truly outstanding scientific and cinematic achievement. and this time it’s fitting calling it that. every molecule of this film is carefully, thoroughly and strictly analyzed and measured so as to give us the best possible otherworldly experience.
while it’s more than obvious that The Martian is remotely guided and influenced from afar by other recent space adventures like Gravity and Interstellar, thrown in a vortex along with Apollo 13 and Cast Away, it’s not a reason to get jumpy, but instead jump on board with Matt Damon’s predicament. it will not be easy, but it is possible you might accept Mark Watney taking on the MacGyver space mantle far away on a distant red planet, while clenching your fists and rooting for him to actually get off that planet alive.
i haven’t been very fond of Ridley Scott’s recent outings, but there’s a lot to appreciate about his direction here. and adding Matt Damon’s Mark Watney isolated space pirate portrayal, like our genius botanist, Ridley Scott beautifully shoots 3D martian landscapes, using drama, comedy and science to fertilize a barren wasteland into a blooming and formidable piece of sci-fi work.