FILMS… The Martian (2015)



Matt Damon is in space again…


An astronaut, Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars. But he’s alive.


“The Martian” official trailer HD, c/o 20th Century Fox UK  and photographs © 20th Century Fox


Under discussion today is the latest “Matt Damon in Space” film The Martian (2015). After more recent films such as Interstellar (2014) and Elysium (2013), Damon is in space once again. Directed by Ridley Scott, this sci-fi film also stars Matthew McConaughey’s (grown up) daughter from Interstellar, Jessica Chastain alongside Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig and Sean Bean.

Sean Bean has a current habit of turning up in Hollywood blockbusters such as the Lord of the Rings’ first film aka Fellowship of the Ring, (2001), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). It is quite reassuring to hear his gruff Yorkshire accent helping the Americans in their hour of need once again.

Anyway I digress, Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney. An astronaut on a six manned exploration trip to Mars is left behind after a storm by his colleagues after his presumed death. Damon is in space again. Alone again. Needing to be rescued again.  At this rate, Matt Damon’s rescue films could be easily made into a series of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop cartoons!

As my Darlin’ Husband pointed out this is the third film – that we know of being non-die hard Matt Damon fans –  Damon has needed to be rescued by the Americans.  Initially, he was saved by Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan (1998) then ironically in Interstellar where he was rescued by Matthew McConaughey. But you could also count him saving his zoo…

This was in We Bought a Zoo (2011) – where he is saved by another colleague, with Avengers‘  Black Widow – masquerading as a girl next door but still looking very much like Scarlett Johansson – that makes four. Damon should be incarcerated for his own and others safety.

Watney then demonstrates his handy skills in botany and mathematics to work out how to stay alive and send a message back home to get rescued. This leads to much nail-biting tension back home on earth and lots of science stuff for the geeks (some of which was mansplained by my Darlin’ Husband) until the inevitable conclusion.

The film progresses to lots of drama, some humour and – as a treat for all the girls who were dragged along by their sci-fi obsessed menfolk – seeing Damon’s CGI naked torso (the actor was reportedly told in no uncertain terms by the director not to lose the weight).

It’s great when we girls get a wee treat, in an obvious “one for the boys” film usually it includes Jason Statham’s upper torso – see every Statham film ever made – or Kevin Bacon’s thankfully infra-red body in Hollow Man (2000) (if you like that sort of thing).  But I digress…

There is also a really good in joke obscurely referring to Lord of the Rings which is worth looking out for.. and the irony of the casting of the actor who would play Damon’s potential rescue partner (not thankfully a cameo by Ben Affleck). Does lead to the burning question, what is it about Matt Damon that people want to leave him in space? Answers on a postcard to… Matt Damon, somewhere in Hollywood…

Weeper Rating:  😦 😦 😦 /10

Handsqueeze Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 /10

Hulk Rating: 0/10

18 thoughts on “FILMS… The Martian (2015)

  1. This review had me in stitches! I never realised how often Matt Damon is lost in space. Maybe next time we should just leave him there. I’m sure my hubby will make me watch this soon.

  2. I initially didn’t think I’d enjoy this film but I thought it was really good. I didn’t realise matt Damon was in space so often haha

  3. This is a “read the book, then see the film”. I thought it was hilarious when Matt had ear plugs up his nose as he was stirring the feces. But the film differs a lot from the book. In the film Jessica Chastain rescues him. In the book it’s one of his male buddies that does the rescuing. Also I think Vincent’s last name is spelt differently – another book vs. film change. All that aside it is indeed the Matt Damon show.

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