I just saw The Martian starring Matt Damon. It was one of the highest tension movies I’ve seen in a long time. If you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat, I highly recommend it. Be advised, however, there is some minor swearing throughout, a few uses of the “F-bomb”, and one scene in which an emaciated man walks away from the camera naked, so you see his scrawny rear end. This didn’t bother me as a nurse, because I’ve seen lots of butts, but if that offends you, be aware going in.
That being said, my favorite movie is Apollo 13, which is a movie about a mission to space that goes horribly wrong and the efforts of the astronauts and the people on earth to get the astronauts back on earth alive. This movie operates on the same theme, as anybody who has seen the trailer could tell you. There is a good sprinkling of humor throughout, and I laughed out loud several times. I don’t want to give anything away, but the trailer shows Matt Damon’s character growing food, and I have to tell you that figuring out how he could keep from starving to death makes up a big section of the movie. I say that to say this: I actually felt bad sitting there munching my popcorn as he rationed out his food.
The soundtrack features many songs from the 70’s, and there were many characters that were enjoyable to watch interact.
Oh, and Sean Bean doesn’t die.
So a good movie overall. If they had taken out the F bombs and the partial nudity (which wasn’t even necessary), I would have given it five stars.
On a sidenote, I saw something the other day that made me chuckle. Someone sat down and figured out how much money has been spent saving Matt Damon in all his movies where he needs rescued. Here’s the link, but the answer is approximately “900 billion plus change”
If this movie doesn’t win several Oscars, I’ll eat my hat, metaphorically speaking.