The Move Snob is blown away.
The Martian (A). Woo-hoo! The Movie Snob is back in action. Recently I’ve been taking care of my mom after cataract surgery, so not much time for movie watching. But today I got out and finally saw the latest movie from director Ridley Scott (Alien), and I thought it was great. If you liked Gravity and Apollo 13, you need to get out there and see this film. Matt Damon (Interstellar) plays a modern-day Robinson Crusoe—an astronaut on a mission to Mars who is separated from the rest of the crew in a terrible windstorm. His comrades believe (with good reason) that he has been killed, and they have to blast off to save their own lives. But he survives the storm, and the rest of the movie is about whether he can somehow survive long enough to get rescued. The cast is full of big stars: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) as the mission commander. Michael Pena (Ant-Man) as the pilot. Sean Bean (TV’s Game of Thrones) as the earth-side head of the particular Mars mission. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as the overall head of the Mars program (if I understood right). Jeff Daniels (Arachnophobia) as the head of NASA. Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) as the NASA public-relations person who mostly stands around and looks concerned. Anyhoo, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. I saw the 2D version, but I heard good things about the 3D version. Check it out before it leaves the theaters.