Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Yeahh... I thought this movie was kinda lame. Yes, it has dinosaurs and I love dinosaurs, but simply having a dinosaur doesn't make a movie great.
It wasn't a bad movie, it was just mediocre. And... kinda boring.
I didn't think any of the dinosaurs were scary and I didn't feel any tension. I just kinda sat there waiting for the humans to hide behind something while a dinosaur came up to roar at them. (that's pretty much what happened in every scene)
A lot of the scenes were just kinda laughable: the pterodactyls attacking humans and carrying them off, the helicopter exploding in the terrarium, the final boss getting eating by a fish... etc.
And it played the Jurassic Park
theme song about thirty times in this movie! They were really pushing for the nostalgic factor here. :0 And I'm guessing that's why most people went to see it.
The characters were alright, the plot was okay (you don't need something deep for a disaster movie), but it also had that goofy side story of the government guys making military dinosaurs. They even had the bad guy monologue at one point.
It'd have been a much nicer movie if everyone in it was trying to work together to get out of the situation rather than have bad military guys doing evil money-making things on the side.
In the end, why watch this movie when you can watch Jurassic Park
I don't recommend this movie unless you're one of the many, many people who liked it "because dinosaurs". The Martian
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Now this movie I liked!
A nice simple movie about a guy stuck on Mars "sciencing shit up" in order to survive until the people on Earth can devise a way to get him home before he runs out of food.
If I had to describe how it feels, it's sort of like if you combined Apollo 13
and Cast Away
It's got great directing from our space veteran Ridley Scott and a great performance from our Interstellar
friend, Matt Damon.
It's also surprisingly funny and carries an almost light-hearted tone which is a nice change of pace for space drama.
Weaknesses? Oh, not many. There was a good chunk of film where we go without seeing Matt Damon for a while as we found out what was going on at Earth, but that's forgivable.
I recommend this movie! It's got a lot of heart and you really do just want to "bring him home" as the movie's tag line states.
If you don't like science or space, don't see it.