The Martian – “Dinner for one, hold the ketchup”

The Hooligans are back, sorry for lack of reviews in recent times. We are back in full force and the first review back is the choice of the Nomad Shad which is The Martian, a hopeful return to form of Ridley Scott.

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon). With a diminishing amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.


“Nomad Shad” – Fuck you Mars!

The Martian is not your typical space-survival movie! It’s a human drama with the right amount of comedy to break the mould in this growing sub-genre. The film prides itself on the light-hearted moments in a desperate race against time to save Watney.

The plot is simple, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded, presumed dead, on Mars during an emergency evacuation. Following the shocking news of his survival NASA need to find a way to get him off the Mars while he finds a way to survive long enough for them to get him.

Careful pacing, witty dialogue, and ensemble cast all contribute to this amazing ode to space travel and the human condition. I was impressed that the film never dragged or became a melancholy reflection of our place in the universe. Clever beats bring us closer to those intimate moments when the characters are at their most vulnerable, but ultimately show us the strength in our will to survive against all odds. The Martian is a go!

P.S Matt Damon + Beard = Leonardo DiCaprio 8.5/10

“The Chairman” – A thoroughly enjoyable well paced movie, with the heart that will make you fall in love with potatoes. The landscape of Mars is beautifully captured, and I was waiting for Mad Max to come steaming over a dune.

The scenes on Mars were the most enjoyable, however the scenes on Earth detracted slightly. The humour will catch you off guard. 8/10

“Harley” (Guest Reviewer) – Matt Damon delivered a masterclass performance. He does this by engaging the camera as if the audience were stuck with him on Mars. An excellent movie with solid performances from an all star cast. One of my top 5 movies of the year this far. 9/10

“Rory” (Guest Reviewer) Potatoes died. Sean Bean Survived. A long overdue Heart Warming win for Ridley Scott. 7.5/10

Let us have your thoughts on the review (agree or disagree), hopefully we haven’t spoiled the movie too much.


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