Monday, January 9, 2017

The Martian (2015)

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Simon Kinberg
Ridley Scott
Michael Schaefer
Mark Huffam
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Matt Damon
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Drew Goddard
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Paul Massey
Mark Taylor
Mac Ruth
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Oliver Tarney
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Richard Stammers
Anders Langlands
Chris Lawrence
Steven Warner
Best Achievement in Production Design
Arthur Max (production design)
Celia Bobak (set decoration)

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Ridley Scott
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

Astronauts exploring the surface of Mars are forced to abort the mission due to a severe wind storm that threatens to topple their lander. One of the crew members is struck by an antenna and left for dead. He wakes up after the storm buried in dust, but alone. His amazing improvisational skills and scientific knowledge, particularly in botany, allow him to survive, even thrive, in the harsh environment. He eventually manages to contact Earth and a rescue mission is planned using his old crew mates. Long but entertaining sci fi yarn, its dry scientific accuracy offset by equally dry humor from Damon.

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