The Martian: Review


I can’t quite whip up the enthusiasm for this movie that many others have.

It’s fine.  Good even.  But no more than that.

Mars to me looks very, very much like Colorado although it turns out it’s Hungary and Jordan in fact.

Matt Damon’s performance is likeable but not endearing and actually I couldn’t particularly empathise with anyone in the cast.

The major plot ‘twist’ is predictable.

The effects are good but nothing we haven’t seen before apart from possibly the opening sandstorm sequence.

And then it kind of turns into Gravity.  A movie I detested.

I didn’t detest this but it’s a long way down Ridley Scott’s list of achievements.  In fact I’d rate it below Prometheus, a sadly under-rated movie.

Oh, and it’s too long.