Merely a long, drawn-out science lesson.
When a storm hits Mars, Astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is left stranded, and presumed dead after being hit by flying debris. Alive and well, he must now find a way to contact NASA.
The Martian isn’t particularly “dreadful”, but it certainly didn’t live up to the overwhelming hype set before us. The amount of critics that have given the film a 4 star rating is shocking, as it’s not that incredible. Simply a film where you hope to be on the edge of your seat for the duration, but weren’t. The narrative itself is predictable, having little tension, nor suspense. Scientific jargon overflows the narrative, which serves as another underwhelming aspect; it’s just jargon at the end of the day. The film contains a handful of bland characters, of which you cannot pick apart from one another. These stereotypes are used merely for the narrative. Too many characters, with too little meaning. Matt Damon didn’t bring anything new to the table either, and the fact he found the whole situation hilarious, didn’t make it believable in the slightest with this tone. CGI-heavy, the producers need to realise that visual effects alone don’t make a satisfactory film – even the visual effects for Gravity were more commendable.
Hardly ground-breaking, The Martian is similar to reading a textbook; where it’s all explained for you, with no room for excitement, and lacking emotional depth. It would have made a better survival tale, if they’d have stuck to that, instead of being entirely manipulative. It provided a forgettable few hours. Not the worst film to be released in 2015, (Pan, Ted 2, The Boy Next Door…) but a disappointment nonetheless.