Oscars nominations: A respectable 7 (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Matt Damon, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects)
Synopsis: A NASA Mission to Mars has to evacuate the planet because of a massive storm. However, during the evacuation, one of the crew, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is lost in the storm. Presumed dead, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) has no choice but to leave him behind and head back to Earth. The injured Watney wakes to find himself alone on Mars, with the prospect of having to live several years on the planet before the next ship come for its scheduled mission. Can Watney survive the harsh, alien landscape and the more alienating loneliness? How will he be saved? With an unstoppable self belief and scientific knowhow, Watney uses his expertise in botany to survive and grow food to become the first Martian colonist. (Read more of the original review here).
How many Oscars is it going to win: My prediction for this excellent film is that it won’t get any Oscars, despite its first class quality, as it missed picking up any awards at the Baftas. It just has not got the momentum, and it falls between the two stools of the “outsider underdog” of Mad Max: Fury Road and the “tailor-made-for-Oscars movie” The Revenant. Matt Damon won’t win this year because his character is rather light. You know this is not the deepest performance when your protagonist dances to Abba for half of the movie. Where I think it might have a real shot is for Best Adapted Screenplay, primarily because the film is so witty and translates science well for the masses.
Will you enjoy this contender: This movie is fun, fun, fun, with an excellent message about cooperation, fun for all the family despite some mild nudity and bad language. The Martian is probably the best movie around to get your teenager motivated to study for his botany and physics exams. Pick up the DVD now if you have not already seen it.