The Martian – A Movie Review

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Feb 292016
 

The_Martian_PosterDuring a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crew-mates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (book)
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Vincent Kapoor, Benedict Wong
Runtime: 144 min; Rated: PG-13; Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi; Released: 02 Oct 2015

We watched this Saturday evening. I’d been wanting to see it for a while. Overall impressions, it was OK at best, but not nearly as good as I expected. Lay didn’t like it at all, but he’s never very keen on sci-fi. Continue reading »

Fury – A Movie Review

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Feb 212015
 

Fury Movie PosterApril, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña
Runtime: 134 min; Rated: R; Genre: Action, Drama, War; Released: 17 Oct 2014

I watched this on my day off for President’s Day at home. Continue reading »

Lucky Ones, The – A Movie Review

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Mar 092009
 

The Lucky OnesAfter suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole is granted a one-month leave to visit his fiancee. But when an unexpected blackout cancels all flights out of New York, TK agrees to share a ride to Pittsburgh with two similarly stranded servicemen: Cheaver, an older family man who longs to return to his wife in St. Louis, and Colee, a naive private who’s pinned her hopes on connecting with a dead fellow soldier’s family. What begins as a short trip unexpectedly evolves into a longer journey. Forced to grapple with old relationships, broken hopes and a country divided over the war, TK, Cheaver and Colee discover that home is not quite what they remembered, and that the unlikely companionship they’ve found might be what matters the most.

Genres: Drama, Politics/Religion and War; Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.; Release Date: September 26th, 2008 (limited); MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena, Tim Robbins, Spencer Garrett, Molly Hagen

Directed by: Neil Burger

Lay and I saw the preview for this movie on the W DVD and decided this might be good. We did enjoy the movie.

This is just a cool moving simple flick without any quirks or complications. The plot is very ordinary and the title of the film is exemplified   first scene. Michael Pena, Rachael McAdams and Tim Robins portray three different stories about injured Iraqi soldiers from different points of view. Michael Pena being from a military family feeling pressured to stick with the military. Rachael McAdams portraying a girl with a very bad home experience trying to find her place. Lastly, Tim Robbins plays the older military man who is going through a separation and trying to get his son to go to Stanford. He doesn’t know if he is really actually done with his military experience. They all have gone through hard times and are all injured from combat. They are the Lucky Ones and it is refreshing to have a simple story that is just to the point. I’d say this is probably worth watching.

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