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The Martian is a brand new science fiction film from famed director Ridley Scott, who some may know for his work on Bladerunner (1982), Alien (1979) or Gladiator (2000)The film stars Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean and Jeff Daniels. The Martian is a story about an astronaut named Mark Watney who gets left behind by his crew on Mars, they think him dead after an accident, but he isn’t. He’s left there all on his own and he’s alive and must survive.

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The Martian Review

As a science fiction film, The Martian is one of the best films the genre has had in quite a long time. As a standalone film for 2015, The Martian is likely to top many cinema goers must watch lists and should definitely be at the top of most people’s lists. Having seen the film in its entirety, there is really very little to complain about, the special effects are wonderful, the 3D is great, the acting is superb and the characterisation is perfect.

We are introduced early on to astronaut Mark Watney and his team, an accident happens and he’s left behind. The film from then on is split between scenes with Matt Damon on the planet, which is pretty much most of the film. But we also watch the rescue attempt from the team at NASA, which is pretty much the rest of the cast. Ridley Scott balanced the film very well and the tone of the film is serious in some moments, but for the most part is filled with jokes, witty comments and funny banter from the characters. It’s just a joy to watch and it’s not the super serious science fiction film many would expect, which is a great thing, it’s different and it’s very unique.

Matt Damon is Mark Watney |The Martian Review

Matt Damon is Mark Watney |The Martian Review

The acting from Matt Damon here was some of his best and even though the film is fairly lighthearted a lot of the time, he really gets to shine throughout. It was interesting seeing his character transform as the film went on and his isolation continued. Some of the standout cast members in The Martian, were Jeff Daniels who gives a similar performance to what he did with his character in The Newsroom, but was very entertaining and the head of NASA. Jessica Chastain did very well as the captain of the crew and the rest of the cast all were fairly convincing.

Special effects wise, the film has it all, I’m not going to say The Martian has the best special effects the world has ever seen, but it was very convincing. Where the film was at its best though was with the sounds, there’s some parts of the film where there are things happening on Mars where little sounds make all the difference to the feel of the film. There’s a scene where Mark Watney is inside and there’s a tonne of the dirt flying around during a storm outside and it was kind of scary to listen to at a certain point.

What’s most interesting about The Martian is its script. Characters are all very interesting and the scientific component of the film was incredibly intriguing. It’s not often that you see science films out there these days where characters spend a long time solving problems, which is what Mark Watney had to do in this film. From the growing of potato’s to managing his water and air supply, it was all very interesting. There’s so much science in The Martian that it’ll probably inspire quite a lot of young people to become interested in space travel science at school, which is nice.

Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara | The Martian Review

Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara | The Martian Review

Most films fall down quite a lot when it comes to their endings, with things always wrapping up too nicely or far too vaguely for the audience to be pleased with it. But The Martian holds up very well from the beginning until the end. Unlike last year’s best science fiction film, Interstellar, The Martian doesn’t try to confuse its audience with something to think about, it’s about science and technology and what people can do with it to solve problems. The Martian is just very interesting to watch and that’s its biggest strength.

There’s nothing more to say about The Martian to be totally honest with you all, it’s just a very enjoyable film. When you look at the acting ,the special effects, the science fiction component, the directing and the script, it all just comes together very well. When looking at The Martian and considering if it’s worth your money to go out and see, I can’t see any reason to say no to you unless you don’t happen to like science fiction at all, then probably don’t go and see it. But for anyone else out there, it’s well worth a trip to the cinema because it’s just very good.

10 out of 10

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

What is Need For Speed Heat about?

Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

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The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

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The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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