Where there is a will, there is a way...
Martian starring Matt Damon is not just taking us to the
Mars, but showing us how a determined human being who is left out
in the red planet as a dead astronaut, tries to survive with a will
Matt Damon plays an astronaut, Mark Watney, a botanist and
astronaut who is a part of Ares 3, the third crewed mission to
Mars. He is unfortunately left on Mars after his teammates rather
Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) thinks he is dead,
after a sudden storm attacks the crew and a debris falls on
The NASA crew leaves him there, heartbroken. In the first 10
minutes, we see Mark lying stranded alone on the red soil.
However, Mark Watney surprises his NASA's Mission Control by
sending a video saying he is alive. However, he has to wait for
Ares 4's return to Mars, and survive on the planet with food and
water to hardly last for a week. Thus using science and
technological ingenuity, Mark tries to grow vegetables on Mars and
make water too!
"I'm going to science the sh*t out of this planet." That's what
abandoned astronaut says when he finds it as the only way to avoid
dying alone on Mars till his NASA crew comes back for him. We see
calculations Watney uses to figure out how to make water, or map
out how long it will take to trek across the Martian
Based on the best-selling book by Andy Weir, it's a mainstream
attempt to tell a story about the power of science and
technological ingenuity. The movie shows two parts; one where Mark
is trying to survive and second where the NASA 's director of Mars
missions, Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is trying to get
him back despite the issues.
Vincent's role was first offered to Irrfan Khan who due to busy
schedules and prior commitments could not star in the space themed
film. Chiwetel was later confirmed for the role.
Shot mostly in Jordan, the red desert is transformed
meticulously and beautifully into a Martian landscape. Scriptwriter
Drew Goddard and director Ridley Scott used creatively mastered the
plot which made the movie interesting and not dragged even for a
minute. Matt Damon was no doubt in his character who with his
determination and emotions makes the movie a worth watch.