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Review: The Martian (TIFF 2015) + Video Review

The Martian (TIFF 2015) + Video Review
09.11.2015
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PLOT: An astronaut (Matt Damon) is stranded on Mars after his crew assumes he perished in a deadly storm.

REVIEW: There were some snickers when it was announced that Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN would be playing TIFF, as with GRAVITY having shown to such acclaim here only two years ago, clearly it was going to face an uphill battle with critics who were bound to compare it to that earlier film. However, even the harshest critics are sure to be charmed by this, as the two aren't especially similar, with THE MARTIAN telling a bigger story and likely aiming more to be considered top-notch family entertainment than an awards candidate. On that level it really succeeds, as this is optimistic, inspiring family entertainment at its best.

Based on Andy Weir's immensely popular novel, THE MARTIAN really comes across as a logical successor to Ron Howard's Apollo 13. It's certainly director Ridley Scott's most purely entertaining film in a while, with him really showing a commendable light-touch throughout. Star Matt Damon will likely inspire tons of kids nationwide to start hitting the books as I'm sure every young person coming out of this is going to want to become an astronaut. NASA couldn't ask for a better recruiting film.  Damon's movie-star presence is on full-display here, with the first third of the movie being a kind of one-man show as he uses his smarts to overcome certain death, while maintaining a true sense of excitement rather than dread at his predicament, as he keenly reminds mission control in his recorded messages that's he's doing the thing he loves best.

After the first forty-minutes or so, the movie opens up and becomes more of an ensemble, with the mission control crew working together to find a way to bring their boy home. You really get a sense of what a team effort space exploration is, with all sides being explored including engineering, astrophysics, political chicanery, and even publicity – with Kristen Wiig as NASA's spin doctor. Everyone is top-notch, including Jeff Daniels as the NASA director, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean (as a nice guy for once), Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis and more.

The second half largely revolves around Damon's crew trying to save him, with Jessica Chastain as the crew's warm commander – who's love of disco means Damon's stuck on Mars with only albums like Abba's greatest hits to lift his spirits. The disco tunes are used well though (and well intergrated with Harry Gregson-Williams' propulsive score)  - with the novel use of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive getting a big laugh from the usually reserved press audience. Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Aksel Hennie, and Sebastian Stan all get wonderful character moments as Damon's crew-mates and one of the most refreshing things to see is how there are no baddies here – only heroes.

As such, The Martian really is terrific family entertainment. There's plenty of action – including excellent use of 3D and tons of humor, but the absolute best thing is how inspiring a tale it winds up being. It's nice to see a big studio flick that aims for optimism and certainly it feels like a crowd-pleasing hit waiting to happen. Even if you're burnt out on space movies – this is a trip to Mars well-worth taking.

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11:49AM on 09/12/2015

Knew it

This movies gonna rock, always been a HUGE fan of Damon, I honestly think he has the biggest screen presence on film today, theirs a level of trust you give him that ultimately make the movie a much better viewing experience.
This movies gonna rock, always been a HUGE fan of Damon, I honestly think he has the biggest screen presence on film today, theirs a level of trust you give him that ultimately make the movie a much better viewing experience.
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11:01PM on 09/11/2015
Good to know this movie is actually, I really liked the trailer & was hooked from the get go. Nice to see Ridley Scott back in form compared to his last few films, Will definitely check this one out.
Good to know this movie is actually, I really liked the trailer & was hooked from the get go. Nice to see Ridley Scott back in form compared to his last few films, Will definitely check this one out.
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9:06PM on 09/11/2015
This is a relief. After the somewhat disappointing recent Scott films, including The Counselor and Exodus (which I'm hoping gets a director's cut), I'm glad to see a good rating for this.
This is a relief. After the somewhat disappointing recent Scott films, including The Counselor and Exodus (which I'm hoping gets a director's cut), I'm glad to see a good rating for this.
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8:03PM on 09/11/2015
Glad to see it's becoming a hit movie.
Glad to see it's becoming a hit movie.
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5:02PM on 09/11/2015

Glad to hear it

I wanted to see this movie do well. I like Ridley Scott and Matt Damon, and I heard Neil DeGrasse-Tyson liked the science in this movie. I'lll definitely try to check it out.
I wanted to see this movie do well. I like Ridley Scott and Matt Damon, and I heard Neil DeGrasse-Tyson liked the science in this movie. I'lll definitely try to check it out.
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4:59PM on 09/11/2015

Glad to hear it.

This has become one of my favorite books since it was released. I hope the humor has translated well as Damon is perfect for the cynicism and sarcasm that plays out on page. I have been looking forward to this for a while now.
This has become one of my favorite books since it was released. I hope the humor has translated well as Damon is perfect for the cynicism and sarcasm that plays out on page. I have been looking forward to this for a while now.
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4:55PM on 09/11/2015
Really happy to read the high, positive review. Film looks fantastic with a great lead performance from Damon and glad to read that Ridley was able to successfully make the transistion from page to big screen.
Really happy to read the high, positive review. Film looks fantastic with a great lead performance from Damon and glad to read that Ridley was able to successfully make the transistion from page to big screen.
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4:47PM on 09/11/2015

Glad to see

that it got a good rating. This should put Ridley back into most peoples good graces. I knowk not everyone hates his movies but he seems to get razzed alot lately.
that it got a good rating. This should put Ridley back into most peoples good graces. I knowk not everyone hates his movies but he seems to get razzed alot lately.
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