Released October 2nd, The Martian is a sci-fi thriller that has made huge blockbuster waves as of late. The Martian boasts an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, and Jeff Daniels. According to Box Office Mojo.com, the film has earned over $100 million since it’s release date. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, follows a manned mission to Mars that goes terribly wrong.
Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, is assumed dead during a fierce storm after getting hit by shrapnel and is left behind by his crew after they are forced to evacuate. Watney, although wounded, ends up surviving and wakes up stranded and alone on a hostile planet. With meager supplies, food, and shelter, Watney is forced to use his mind to survive.
Watney is forced to figure out a way to grow food on a planet where nothing grows and create water by using chemistry. Although the science and thought behind this movie is immense, the viewer is able to follow along. Watney builds a whole ecosystem in the space station on Mars by using the astronauts waste, and creates water by burning elements. He ends up harvesting enough potatoes to last him 2 years worth of “sols,” which are the Mars version of days.
His next problem is trying to reach NASA, who has no idea he is still alive. Through the use of satellite and uncovering an old space satellite, he is able to communicate with NASA. With every problem Watney encounters, he uses his ingenuity and humor to power through to survive.
“I was on the edge of my seat for a majority of the movie,” Danielle King, an Auburn senior said. “I loved how even though there were a lot of intense things happening that his character still managed to joke through it all.”
After an unfortunate malfunction which leads to an explosion, Watney’s ecosystem is destroyed and his food supply cut greatly. NASA is forced to scramble a mission to save him, and are forced to work under extreme time constraints. The rocket of supplies they launched towards him ends up blowing up shortly after launch, and seemingly all hope is lost.
With the help of a young, quirky Astrophysicist, a last-chance plan is developed in order to save Watney. The current crew who unwillingly abandoned him, will use the gravitational force to slingshot around Earth in their spacecraft and return to Mars to retrieve Watney. The mission is extremely risky, and requires perfect execution and calculation in order to be successful.
Will the mission be successful? Go see The Martian, in theaters now. For more information on this film, visit here.