No one is going to save you if you don’t save yourself.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Running time: 141 minites
Rating : 4/5
After Saving Private Ryan and Interstellar, it is the third time Matt Damon was lost and waited for rescue. But this time it is a more difficult task to achieve than ever. Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a NASA astronaut was presumed dead after a nasty storm hit Mars where Mark and his crew were working on. Other five crewmembers hated to leave him dead on a completely hostile planet but have to go back on mission and head back to the earth.
There is nothing worse than that – when everybody is convinced you were dead, what does it matter even you still have a strong will to survive which can’t be achieved without other’s help. Every single necessity, water, oxygen, food is meager, Mark is forced to tighten his belt, yet he never thinks about giving up.
All the 538 Martian solar days he spent on Mars alone, nearly a year and a half, Mark has to figure out how can he survive by creating water and farming potatoes in feces meanwhile entertaining himself with some old fashioned disco music and camera.
Loneliness eats people, but how lonely can a human being be? The film doesn’t tell us and the audience would be so much glad it doesn’t because the biggest difference between Martian and other typical American blockbusters is that it doesn’t play on audiences’ emotion, it doesn’t keep telling people Mark is so lonely and make us feel sorry for him. Simple narrative, smooth and perfect transitions among three story lines – Mark, Crew and NASA, no gaudy music, no dazzling effect, it’s just a story about human, a man who strives to survive with his wisdom and light-hearted attitude.
Mark says, “It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first.” Maybe it is loneliness, but there is something stronger than it, never give up, even if you are the only person on an entirely deserted planet. “Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work, you just begin, you solve one problem and you solve the next one, if you solve enough problems, you can get home.”