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Friday, 4 December 2015


After a string of badly received films, director Ridley Scott returns to form with his adaptation of Andy Weir's online serial novel, The Martian.
Like his most recent film before this, Matt Damon plays an astronaut, thought to be dead, who is left alone in space and must use his few supplies to find a way to contact Earth in order to get back home.  Aiming to be as scientifically realistic as possible the film is a fascinating watch, as Damon's character figures out to use his scarce resources as a means to survive.  Fortunately Damon is America's good ol' boy, who you could take out for drinks with the boys or home to have a slice of apple pie with Grandma, so it makes a lot of the solo screentime all the more likable.  I was delightfully surprised to see how funny the film turned out to be, considering how overly serious Scott has been in the past decade or so.  Unfortunately all the characters who aren't Damon are about as interesting as lint-balls and take up more time than I would have liked.  It's not a perfect film, like it's being made out to be, but it's pretty darned entertaining.

3½ horrible music selections to be stranded with out of 5

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