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The Martian
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02.24.2016 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Ridley Scott

Actors:
Matt Damon
Jessica Chastain
Jeff Daniels

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a crazy storm breaks on Mars, a landing party leaves one their own behind, assuming heís dead. When our lone survivor wakes, heís forced to contend with the impossible if he hopes to ever see home again.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Thereís a lot of praise circling the campfire when it comes to THE MARTIAN, and I see why. That said, there are just as many people waiting to rip this thing a new ass, and again, I see why. Did I dig it? Of course, but Iíll be honest with you, Iím a big fan of the Damonator (so pumped heís dawning the Bourne persona yet again), and I loved his attitude throughoutótrapped on Mars? F*ck it, I got this, bitches! Many a complainer start with his demeanor, saying itís not realistic, that he should be scared shitless. On the one hand, I agree, but make no mistake, Iím sure the dudeís terrified, but he had to make a choice, live or die, and he wanted to live. Add to that, the intense psychological training one has to endure before being allowed to go to space, which leads me to conclude: If he wants to be Good Will Hunting in space, why the hell not?

Now speaking of similarities, yes, the story is pretty linear. Some call it CASTAWAY in space, but Iím not feeling that comparison. I hated CASTAWAY, this flick was cool. If I had to knit pick, Iíd say itís pretty damn convenient that he ended up being a botanist, seeing as how the biggest threat he faces is hunger. If you can eat, you can survive. If you can survive, you can wait for help. Sure, the days may get boring, but food is definitely top priority. Mars itself looks fantastic, so I was sold in that department. Did I think his crew bailed on him too early? Yes, but thatís just me. Iím a Ďleave no man behindí kind of guy.

THE MARTIAN is by no means perfect, but itís a film I liked because given the circumstances it could have went a hundred different ways. I loved his attitude because I donít want to be depressed for two hours. I also love the idea of being stranded in space without monsters for a change. One of the best, most underrated lines in a space film was from ARMAGEDDON, when Will Patton says to William Fichtner, ďWhat are you doing with a gun in space?Ē In the back of your mind youíre probably thinking, Ďwell, duh, how else are you going to kill the aliens,í but there are no aliens, which is ironic considering Ridley Scott directed this movie. In the back of my mind I kept waiting for some huge alien worm to come crashing up through the ground, but that didnít happen, and thatís okay. After all, PROMETHEUS 2 is coming.
THE EXTRAS
Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction: Ridley Scott and Andy Weir share their thoughts on how both menís visions came to life. This was definitely a huge undertaking.

Occupy Mars: Casting and Costume: A bit of extra info on the wardrobe, but mostly a bunch of interviews with the filmís supporting cast, a stellar one at that.

Gag Reel: Itís hard to imagine a gag reel about a dude stuck on Mars, but they make it happen.

Fake Documentaries: There are three fake documentaries, Ares III: Refocused, Ares III: Farewell, Ares: Our Greatest Adventure. All three are short, useless and strangely out of place. Not sure what the point of these were, but itís a waste of time.

The Right Stuff: A short look at the crewís isolation training. Looks like a whole lot of Ďnot funí.

Leave Your Mark/Bring Him Home: A Mark Watney Under Armour commercial, and then another one about bringing him home. Not sure what to make of these either.

Previews: There are some trailers as well as a DIGITAL HD Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is flick isnít a bad watch, just donít expect an epic tale of man vs. space because thatís not what this is about. Itís pretty basic, but if youíre a Damon fan like I am, Iím sure youíll enjoy it.
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11:27AM on 02/26/2016

WAIT A MINUTE...

Where the hell is the extended cut (around 20' if I remember correctly) that was announced a few months back ? And the 'extended coming soon' routine is even more obvious considering the sub-par special features don't even have deleted scenes !
Where the hell is the extended cut (around 20' if I remember correctly) that was announced a few months back ? And the 'extended coming soon' routine is even more obvious considering the sub-par special features don't even have deleted scenes !
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