The Martian – Book vs. Film Review

“If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.”


Directed by Ridley Scott, with screenplay by Drew Goddard and adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name by Andy Weir, The Martain follows a manned mission to Mars, when Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind by his crew after he is presumed dead. 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, headed up by Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels), and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates, commanded by Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), plot a daring rescue mission.

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Vendetta – DVD Review

(Written for Filmoria)

“Get ready for hell in a cell” …because The Big Show is ready to rumble. And kill.

From the “Twisted” Soska Sisters, Vendetta is a violent action film set primarily in a prison, as a detective pushed beyond his limits seeks vengeance for the murder of his wife, committed by a criminal that he put away.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Film Review

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation find the IMF disbanded and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold. On the run from the CIA, Ethan must try to prove the existence of a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate, an International rogue organization as highly skilled as the IMF, headed up by the ruthless Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Hell-bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks, Ethan gathers his team – William (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg), and Luther (Ving Rhames) – and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.

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