New addition to sci-fi genre breaks repetition


Taken from the movie’s trailer courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) sits alone on a lifeless planet questioning whether or not rescue will ever come. “The Martian” came out on Oct. 2.

By Kyle Paup, Editor in Chief

Most modernized sci-fi movies released this year are repetitive attempts that only leave behind disbelief, inaccuracies, and an uncountable number of cliches. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” does not.

“The Martian” follows main character Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, who is the lone person left behind on Mars after the rest of his crew presume he is dead in the middle of an emergency that requires them to take off. Watney must then prepare to survive on a planet without any other life for four years before a rescue is able to reach him.

The film fit into the science fiction genre nicely while adding something new. It wasn’t a cliche space film, the likes of which we have seen many of, but rather added a unique twist on what it would be like to be lost in space.

Many notable names make up the cast of “The Martian”, leading to a wide variety of well-developed characters that all do their part and add to the story.

For trying to create a look for a new planet through various means and using it as the main setting throughout the film, the scenery looked real and beautiful while at the same time, empty and emphasizing the absence of all life.

Even though the general end result of the film was not too much of a mystery, the movie did a good job at never allowing the audience to know how exactly the conflict was going to be resolved until the end.

The journey leading to the end was extremely intense. There were several instances where the main character is faced with absolute disaster, almost made the movie stressful to watch.

However, this effect was more positive than negative since the audience was always wanting to see how everything would play out. The feeling made it seem satisfactory when something actually went right for the main character, and it was very entertaining to see how how he handled situations that nearly claimed his life.

To counter the intensity, there was a good effort at adding in comedic effect to help lower the blood pressure levels of audience members. The film ended up being much more humorous than expected, which led to a nice balance.

For the credibility of the film regarding scientific accuracy, it didn’t seem very far fetched. Everything that was shown was believable, at least to the common moviegoer.

With the constant feeling that everything happening in the movie was realistic in theory, it further added to the film’s intensity.

“The Martian” lacks little and beats expectations, all while leaving hardly anything negative worth talking about.