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The Martian

A testament to human resilience, ingenuity, and the indomitable spirit of exploration.
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The Martian promotional material.

The Martian, originally a novel written in 2011 by Andy Weir, was adapted into a science fiction movie in 2015 by Ridley Scott. This filmmaker chose Matt Damon, a world-renowned actor to play the role of the Astronaut Mark Watney, who has to survive alone on Mars.

The storyline takes place in 2035 when an astronaut crew from NASA is sent on an expedition to explore Mars solar days. During this expedition, a dust storm happened on Mars, which forced the crew to urgently leave the planet and unintentionally leave Mark Watney on the planet on his own.

During almost the entire movie, he has to survive alone, with food only for several days. It made him find a way to produce more food and water, leading him to face some difficulties multiple times.

During this time, on Earth, NASA tried ways to locate him but stopped after the head of the agency decided that it was too expensive and hopeless, assuming that Mark was already dead. But, after some research from one of the members of NASA and with the help of Mark Watney who cleverly created ways to be seen on Mars by satellites, they discovered that he was still alive.

After this moment, NASA tried to find ways to communicate and rescue Mark Watney, even using an old machine, which had been buried on Mars since 1997, but possessed a camera able to communicate with NASA.

Anchored by Matt Damon’s charismatic performance as astronaut Mark Watney, the film successfully plays between humor, intelligence, and vulnerability. His careful attention to scientific accuracy, drawn from Andy Weir’s novel, gives a sense of authenticity to Watney’s struggle in the desert landscape of Mars.

Ridley Scott’s direction, combined with stunning visual effects, brings The Martian environment to life with breathtaking realism. However, despite its strengths, The Martian lacks character depth, with supporting roles appearing underdeveloped and the central conflict following a predictable trajectory. Nonetheless, the film remains a testament to human resilience and ingenuity, providing a thrilling and visually arresting journey through the depths of space and the depths of the human spirit.

In conclusion, The Martian is a testament to human resilience, ingenuity, and the indomitable spirit of exploration. Through its captivating narrative, extraordinary visuals, and compelling performances, the film not only entertains but also inspires audiences to think about the limitless possibilities of human activity. As we journey with Mark Watney through the desert landscape of Mars, we are reminded of our ability to overcome adversity and reach for the stars. The Martian, is a movie full of hope, reminding us
that even in the face of insurmountable challenges, the human spirit remains though, always seeking new frontiers and new horizons.

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Lou Malard, Staff Reporter
Lou Malard is a 17-year-old senior and staff reporter for The International Changemaker. She comes from France, and she decided to travel to study at EF Academy, in Pasadena. She is really excited about writing articles for the journal of the school.

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