The Martian (2015)

Lost in Space

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An exciting and well-paced sci-fi film. It was a fun movie to watch!

So I saw The Martian and enjoyed it enough that I decided to read the original source material (the novel by Andy Weir, which I reviewed yesterday). As it turns out, this is one of those rare times where I’m going to say the movie is better than the book. The pacing is much snappier. The science is still there, but it’s presented in a livelier and more engaging manner. It’s a rare case of a film adaptation knowing what to cut out from the book, what to focus on more, and what to change.

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In this case, not much was actually changed. Hollywood didn’t throw in a bunch of extra action scenes (save one for the grand finale, which was handled perfectly), and they didn’t try shoehorning a romance subplot (which was strangely refreshing). It was just a movie about an astronaut trying to survive on Mars, and the team at NASA trying to get a shuttle back to rescue him. It’s a simple story that’s not going to thrill anyone with its plot twists, but it gets the job done.

Matt Damon plays the protagonist in this one, and I feel he really nailed the role. His delivery of the novel’s funnier lines keeps the film upbeat and encouraging; the sarcasm and self-deprecation doesn’t feel forced or weary. As for the rest of the cast, they seem to handle their scenes well enough–or at the very least, they don’t overstay their welcome. If the film’s not going to be about character development, no need to dwell on them longer than necessary.

My favorite space movie in recent years, perhaps? Go give it a watch, if you haven’t already.

Available on Amazon or Best Buy.

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