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Plot: An American astronaut prepares for a mission to Mars. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 03 Jun 2016
What a gripping performance by Mark Strong (by mapika)
After all these bad reviews I practically expected nothing and was positively surprised. Indeed it's not a Thriller. There's no action in common ways, and yet it is a challenging story about one man who at all costs wants to become the first to live on Mars, brilliantly portrayed by Mark Strong and his supporting actors. I would never compare it to "The Martian". All they have in common: the red planet and survival. If you really need a comparison, take "Gravity" or "Moon", though here was obviously much less budget available. So in this case I really <more>
don't care about technical, astrophysical goofs.It's a psycho-philosophical Sci-Fi-Drama; small, profound, serious and quite slow. Therefore it hopefully will achieve more acknowledgment in future.
Great Sci-fi and storytelling! (by thomas-446-105268)
This movie was great. I honestly do not understand the rating. I grew up with sci-fi, I've read many of the greats.The slow descend into madness, his monologues, it is just brilliant.A good story isn't about a lot of action, a lot of events, it lies in the subtleties and how they come together.Just a brilliant movie. I guess, bladerunner also had a bad reception when it was released. This movie is perhaps not meant for this generation of action spoiled viewers. I really hope this will get some appreciation along the line, so that we may see more of this quality. Real sci-fi fans will <more>
This movie is not for everyone,especially for those who think that a good Sci-Fi movie MUST have action and heroism and they do not appreciate story and writing in the movie, they just love the action with a little pale, soft and weak drama blockbusters The Martian . You will find similarities in atmosphere and story with Europa Report, Love, Moon and even some scenery references to 2001 A Space Odyssey and Tree of Life. I admit the visual effects weren't much, I assume it is because of the low budget effects are not all that matters but they were beautiful and mysterious just like in <more>
Odyssey and Love. For those who claim that the movie is scientifically inaccurate: The Martian had SOUND AND EXPLOSIONS in space good job, really good job Ridley Scott nice way of making some blockbuster money .SPOILER ALERT:I think there is more to the story than it meets the eye. It's not all black and white and not so obvious.You need to dig deeper into the story to find the true meaning and idea. I think that he never really went to space because he never left the desert alive,and his machine didn't work he couldn't convert dirt to water as it was shown in a flashback so this was his 'soul' journey to achieving the one thing that no one has ever accomplished. Being the first human to set foot on a another planet.That would explain all the mysterious space scenery on his way to Mars Earth- Human Life, Journey to Mars-Bridge to eternity, Mars-representing the afterlife . As he revealed to us in the end of the movie: "Nothing has ever lived here. Nothing has ever died here. Maybe I'll live forever". He finally found his peace.
The human desire to become a Martian (by Lostintransmutation)
I am coming across a lot of criticism for this movie. If you are expecting another Matt Damon Martian movie do not watch this movie. In fact if you thought the Martian was a good movie I don't think this movie is for you. The film is set in space. It involves a mission to Mars. This however is really a secondary story and largely irrelevant. The film deals with Mans struggle with mental illness , his descent into madness, people trying to reach him and save him and his final decision on whether or not to commit suicide. I enjoyed the film immensely. The scene on-board the space station is <more>
brilliant . It sets you up for the journey you are about to embark on with the Commander. The ship that the commander is piloting to Mars seems to be merely a physical representation of his own brain. Worth a watch.
One leap for mankind one leap for one man (by syrusgregorio)
SPOILER ALERT - Read at your own risk -Dear readers, At the same time you may think that this movie is a reflection of one man's journey into his own past whilst bound on a journey of discovery.As he takes each step, the path he lays before himself is treacherous and windy, swirling and twirling, seems to never end yet there is a line which foretells the direction. First and foremost, the moment he seeks is that of "twilight", stuck between the sun set, represented by death and sunrise, represented by rebirth. He yearns for another experience, a near death experience. In short, <more>
it is a suicide mission and he is fully aware of it, he welcomes it, he demands the be challenged, to be put on trial but not by people but by his own values and virtues. The water reactor challenge was caused by his unwillingness to accept that he is a man and not an all knowing god. As soon as he realised that he had been mistaken, he contemplates suicide by opening the hatch and letting "space devour him whole" His unfathomable knowledge and confidence in it is his own downfall and that of his peers. Knowing ones limits might be easy to say yet knowing and applying them are two different notions. His journey is that of acceptance as a mere human "imprisoned in his own machine". We see a few self indulgence gaps where he is blighted by sweet and bitter memories which cause spars in his synapses, triggering a vivid reality that at some point engulfs him and transports him into a separate reality. We see him at the edge of failure, not only within the spaceship but within his own recollection of what truly had happened during his stay in the dessert. His memory becomes fuzzy, he begins to doubt himself, and his friend proves that his memory and his recollection are part of the answer. He never did finish his discovery to revolutionize the urgency for water. Yes, he did manage to create a working prototype, yes it did work which is why the mission was funded and yet it failed... We speculate for naught as he gives us the answer, the only missing factor is light. As the sunrises the water reactor begins to churn once more yet as it passes, it loses its momentum. He realises his mortality yet as he acknowledges those outside his own mind, outside his own spaceship, he begins anew. Finally, landing onto Mars proves to be his step towards renewal, not in the sense of values and virtues but in the sense of morals. He gasps and says not only to himself but onto everyone who will step on Mars: "I may actually be immortal" This is a journey into the unknown within us as much as it is to the unknown of what is out there... Any journey starts with self reflection and culminates with acceptance and progression of oneself and their own world enlarges beyond the spectrum of their own definition.This has been my review of what this movie is about and why I aspire to grade it as such. Thank you for taking time to read, Warm regards, Syrus Gregorio
Gorgeous movie! Better than 'Arrival' and 'The Martian' combined (by andredejongh)
I was expecting the worst after seeing all these bad reviews. It just shows that most people are not about recognising a good movie but about recognising a good blockbuster. A blockbuster it is not. But on par with great movies like 'I am love' Io sono l'amore by Luca Guadagnino, I killed my mother J'ai tué ma more by Xavier Dolan. And even the more commercial 'Gravity' by Alfonso Cuarón, which deals with a similar subject and with a similar metaphor, which is depression and trauma symbolised by space travel, being disconnected from earth, humanity, daily life. <more>
There's storytelling going on here, not a Discovery Channel series about space travel and real scientific facts. Gorgeous images, beautiful script and good acting by Mark Strong. Don't treat it like a roller-coaster ride, like you would do with any commercial big budget movie out there. Approaching The Unknown is a much better movie than for example 'The Martian' by Ridley Scott and much better than 'Arrival', by Denis Villeneuve, the latter being only visually pleasing. It's an introspective movie, not showing you explosions and life on other planets. It is about a man and his thoughts and feelings, wanting to become one with the big black void, but who still decides to go into the big unknown which is Mars. It has a hopeful ending. It's a big poetic movie. One to be re-watched a couple of times in a lifetime.
Zen-spirit atmosphere space movie (by Johndemontaigne-32806)
This movie is good. I honestly understand the bad rating, because its not mainstream and you need to understand the "zen-spirit" of it.You need to have sensitivity and some wisdom to appreciate a movie like this.Its atmospheric and poetic.Lets you experience space from an angle of basic reality and not heroism nor action.The slow descend into madness, his monologues, it is good.A good story isn't about a lot of action, a lot of events, it lies in the subtleties and how they come together.Just a good movie. I guess, blade runner also had a bad reception when it was released. This <more>
movie is perhaps not meant for this generation of action spoiled viewers. I really hope this will get some appreciation along the line, so that we may see more of this quality. Real sci-fi fans will love this movie for what it is.
A brilliant reflection on human nature. Not for everyone... (by hoffmanntho)
After seeing this movie, I was really thrilled and thought I had seen something worth seeing. Yet I can also understand why many other don't feel that way. This movie doesn't aim to please all audiences, it really targets a specific group of viewers you may or may not be part of.As other reviewers already stated: if you're looking for an action-packed sci-fi or anticipation movie, move along because this one is not for you. If you're looking for an uplifting, Hollywood-style feel good movie... move along. If you're after great landscapes of Mars and big spaceships roaming <more>
about, you should also probably look for other movies. Yet this movie has a lot going for it, as long as you realize what you're in for:This is a story about a character who is willing to leave everything behind for the greater good, for science and for the slim chance of becoming the first human on Mars. The whole movie is basically a "huis clos", a closed stage in a cramped vessel, where you follow a single individual during his journey of 270 days in space, alone. He has to fight boredom, madness and growing technical issues he is partly responsible for due to his overconfidence and his belief that he can solve everything on his own. He also has to cope with the burden of the entire humanity back on Earth cheering for him and placing the highest expectations on his shoulders. Yet he's just a man. Hopes, successes, failures... They are all part of the journey, and the lead character confronts each in a very believable way. Acting is spot on bravo Mark Strong , and the reactions never feel alien or unrealistic. FX are good enough, but this movie doesn't rely on them heavily at all.There is one very big leap of faith the audience is supposed to make: I find it highly dubious for various reasons that humanity would send a single person on such a long journey without backup: way too dangerous. Yet if you're willing to go with it, you'll find this movie to picture a very believable analysis of human nature when confronted to loneliness, various pressures and challenging situations.All in all, this movie is more of a psychological approach of long journeys in isolation and adversity, rather than a sci-fi/anticipation movie on colonizing Mars.I would definitely recommend this movie to those among you who like slow-paced, "psychological" movies such as with some similarities : - Solaris 2002 - 2001 Space odyssey - Silent running - Das Boot in some ways - 127 hours in some ways - The survivalist in some ways
Thoughtful space movie with a virtuoso lead performance. (by rabidtouch)
I nearly didn't watch this movie, it's attracted a lot of negative reviews complaining it's "slow","unrealistic" and "nothing happens". As usual, I ignored my fellow interest users and enjoyed one of the best movies of the year.It's a fascinating character study, one man Mark Strong , an engineer who has created a process for extracting water from dirt, is on a mission to Mars. His only physical contact in the whole movie is with two very disillusioned men stranded on a space station where he refuels. "Skinny" at Houston control Luke <more>
Wilson tries to keep his spirits up, but ultimately it's one man against the universe and the whole movie had, for me, a real epic feel of struggling to survive against the elements. You feel every moment of isolation, thirst and desperation. Everything is against the lead character in this film, but he builds as the film progresses, from an engineer to a pioneer. "Slow". Its set in space. It's mostly one actor in a confined space. This is not Captain America:Civil War, thank goodness, but slow? It's considerate, it ponders, it dwells on important moments, it gives the actor time to express emotion in a way so many movies don't anymore and by the end I was totally involved in the character. It's not slow, it's thoughtful."Unrealistic" If you're a space geek, you might have issue with the lack of delay between communications, or that he has a fully functional shower when most of the movie is about having no water. Other than these though, the reality of surviving in space is the core of the film, and it handle sit very well I thought. As for the delay in comms, for dramatic purposes, having conversations with a delay would have been very tiresome, I prefer this."Nothing Happens" Get a grip. Loads happens. The final resolution I thought was perfect, maybe it's just that people want every movie to be The Fast and The Furious or Avengers, this is more 2001:A Space Odyssey. Expand your horizons, give it a go. I enjoyed it a lot.Special mention to the performance by Mark Strong, my whole family were gripped, it's more or less a one man movie, with some solid support by Luke Wilson, but Strong drives it on and takes you on a real journey. If other reviews have put you off, and you enjoy intelligent films with characterisation and emotion, try this and be pleasantly surprised like I was.