The Martian – movie review

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Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Ridley Scott’s latest cinematic masterpiece, The Martian, is how much it manages to achieve with what’s essentially a pretty plain premise. Interplanetary botanist Mark Watney is stranded on the nearby red world and needs to live long enough to catch a ride home. It’s so simple that it could well have been mundane, but instead it has ended up being perhaps the best theatrical undertaking of 2015 so far.
Sci-fi aside, this is one of the most compelling character dramas that has graced the screen in a very long time. The set-up is straightforward from the start. It begins mid-mission without any need for a complicated or convoluted backstory. The protagonist and his peers are already on Mars, it doesn’t matter why or when. It could be now or it could be in twenty years’ time. The specifics of the scenario are not what’s important, which…

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