The Martian Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Martian

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Survival themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Watney turns the beat around.

  • Starring:

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover

  • Directed by:

    Ridley Scott

  • Running time:

    141 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are hit with objects, thrown through the air, burned. Explosions, bomb blast. Yelling/punching ceiling. Blood/gore: Objects protruding/removed from skin. Wound-treating/stapling. Bloody wound, bleeding, bloody chins/objects. Bruising, malnutrition, singed hair. Human waste. Starving to death, imploding, dying, broken ribs mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Nude male (rear view), shirtless male.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Vicodin, spirits consumed. Rocket fuel (alcohol) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-word. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. A religious object (crucifix) is carved up.

  • THEMES:

    Space travel, survival, hope, Mars, communication, science, NASA, astrodynamics, launches, loneliness, botany, hard labour, invention, disco, telemetry, media, press conferences.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Funeral setting. resignation/job loss mentioned. Helicopters, plane, lightning, thunder. Gagging/retching. Briefly sped-up vision/fast editing. Brief Mandarin language (subtitles). Vision under end credits. Based on the book by Andy Weir.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Sincere, sharp, confident, relaxed, sure-footed, complex, difficult, tense, enthralling, realistic, exhilarating, effective, cheery, upbeat, enjoyable, simple, direct, undeviating, brainy, crowd-pleasing. Excellent ensemble cast, smart/funny/witty/energetic screenplay, rich/absorbing/spectacular visuals, crisp/beautiful 3D, sleek/elegant/real-world production design, manageable/comprehensible details, celebrates intelligence/science.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lengthy. Underused supporting cast, generic score, doesn't always connect emotionally, scene where people gather around the world to watch Watney's outcome feels forced.

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