Runtime: 2 hours 21 minutes
Budget: Estimated to be $108 million
We’re all probably aware that the last time Matt Damon went to space, it went badly for him. In an alternate universe, Damon goes to space and—surprise!—it went badly for him. Based on the novel, U.S. astronaut, Mark Watney, goes ends up stranded on Mars.
The story is compelling, juxtaposing the petty political ploys on Earth with the visceral survival struggle on Mars. There are shortcomings, though, mainly with the Watney character lacking much of a background. However, I don’t think it really hurts the bigger picture of the film too much.The emphasis is on problem-solving aspect of the journey rather than any individual and their motivations (or at least that’s what I got out of it). Personally, I enjoyed Watney’s snarky nature, but that might be “unrealistic” for some folks. Despite the flaws, the film remains solid and deserves a watch.
Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon are both dudes out of Massachusetts that are roughly the same age, but they don’t look that similar. For some reason people still mix them up. However, once the beards come out, the game changes.