“The Martian” is an epic fantasy film that transports us to a planet that has always been enshrouded in mystery. In most situations, I would automatically rank this film at a 10 for its impeccable acting, well-written script, and awesome special effects. Unfortunately, 2013’s “Gravity” and 2014’s “Interstellar” set an unfair expectation, unintentionally branding this as “2015’s Token Space Movie.” With the inevitable comparisons, this film seems weak; still, it deserves a high rating for the aforementioned reasons. “The Martian” is worth seeing solely for Matt Damon. The story ranges from comedy to drama and from action to mindbender, all within Damon’s one-man-show. Everything from Damon claim of being the best horticulturalist on Mars to his communication using the hexadecimal alphabet makes his character likable and enhances our desire to see him return home. A second story counters Damon’s experiences on Mars. This story brings in A-list actors Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, and Kate Mara, all of whom support the strong emotional content of the story. One of the strengths of this screenplay is that it remains believable. I have been told that the Damon faces many more issues in the book, but any more than what is contained in this film would make his survival seem farfetched. While fans of the book may view this as an injustice to the source material, I believe it to be a victory. Whether you are interested in science fiction or not, “The Martian” is believable enough that any audience member can enjoy it.
[Pictured: The visuals are this film are just stunning]