Neha H., 9th Grade, Teen Reviewer

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Release Date: October 2, 2015

Rating: PG13

Your rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, science fiction

Based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, Ridley Scott’s The Martian tells the story of a man who surmounted incredible odds in the name of survival.

When the crew of the Hermes is forced to abort their mission on Mars in the wake of a massive sandstorm, botanist Mark Watney is mistaken for dead and abandoned. Watney discovers himself stranded on an unfamiliar planet with no method of establishing contact with NASA or his team. Vulnerable to the harsh climate and left with only a meager amount of food and supplies, Watney must rely on his ingenuity to survive. He develops creative methods of growing plants on the notoriously infertile terrain and contacting Earth using the neglected Pathfinder probe. Meanwhile, a group of multinational engineers work day and night to bring him home.

Scott’s adaptation of the bestselling science fiction novel is uplifting and surprisingly witty. Watney’s sharp humor, resourcefulness, and dogged determination embody his heroism. He combines physical strength with exceptional skill, and provides much needed comic relief in such a desolate situation. There are some instances of strong language, as well as one gory scene where Watney uses an office stapler to seal his wounds. Nevertheless, this compelling film is full of inspirational messages. In Watney’s own words: “At some point, everything is going to go south on you … you can either just accept that, or you can get to work.”