Perhaps the most refreshing part of The Martian, is that it is an interesting and exciting story that doesn't involve war, terrorism, infidelity, monsters, aliens, psychotic killers, societal injustice, cops, robbers, terminal illness, etc, etc, ad infinitum. Instead, this movie focuses on a handful of smart people, using their intellect, ingenuity, determination, and science knowledge to solve unexpected problems that arise in the course of engaging in a noble scientific pursuit.
I should point out that this is the first…
A decently fun and light horror/mystery flick, with a slightly 'Murder By Death' feel to it, though not as broadly comedic. The story is cute, and Arnaz is okay as the put-upon modern writer thrust into gothic horror surroundings. The show is entirely (as expected) stolen by Lee, Cushing, and Price. They're lovely to watch together. Carradine is decent as well, but many of the remaining supporting cast are mediocre.
Worth a watch for Hammer Horror fans for the vague play on gothic horror and of course Cushing/Lee. Doesn't have the usual insane ineptitude that one expects from Golan/Globus, if that's what you're looking for.
Even without having ever read the comic, I somehow feel that I can assure any fan that this is the best adaptation they will ever hope to see. The action is great, the conceit is superb, and it doesn't try to put on airs or be something it isn't. It's just a great action film, with some great characters.
Removed a star because, let's face it, that helmet is just a tad too big for Urban's head. That or his…