Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Martian - The Important Message That Is Applicable To Our Investment Journey

At the beginning of the month, I've blogged about one stock (Wee Hur) and one movie (The Martian) that I've determined to get/watched in the month of October amidst my busy work schedule (click here to see more). So far, I am just half way there.  

I managed to catch The Martian in IMAX 3D on 16th Oct 2015 (Friday). It literally blown me away, not from the special effect, but from the sterling performance of the casts (especially Matt Damon, he owned almost 80% of the screen time in soloist and yet the audience is yearning for more). I dare to say that this is one of the most inspiring movie of the year.

As I usually do share my personal review on the movies that I've watched in Facebook, thought it might be worthwhile to re-hash it here for friends who are interested to know more about the movie (don't worry, it is spoiler free) : 

The Martian - Finally, my turn to save the smartest man on the planet and he is worth saving, man!

Three cheers from me:

1. There is no single moment of dullness in this almost 2 1/2 hours thriller. The pace of the movie is great and even though it is a one man show for 70 to 80% of the movie but you just want more of it.

2. One of the most inspiring movie of the year... The positive energy and the wittiness emitted from Mark is very contagious, countless time of laughter can be heard from the theatre, mainly from what he has done or said.

3. The performance from the casts, especially Matt Damon are spectacular. Oscar-worthy performance.

My only small complaint is the finale rescue mission is not as intense as what I hope it to be. Overall, I am still pretty happy with what I've seen.

My rating : 4.5 (out of 5 stars)

The main theme of the movie is about survival, it brilliantly show how Mark Watney (Matt Damon) managed to survive so many days in Mars alone (which is about 140 millions miles away from planet, by the way). For me, there are two key messages that I managed to extract from the movie :

1. Knowledge can save life! Imagine if the one that being stranded on the planet is not Mark Watney, whom happens to be a botanist and mechanical engineer knew all the relevant surviving skill on an alien planet, the outcome could be quite disaster. Same thing for investment, knowledge can means a whole lot of difference between make or break.

2. Never give up! If you've watched the movie, you can really feel sorry for Mark Watney about the dire situation that he need to go through and almost every following step seems impossible to achieve. Just like one of the famous slogan by Adidas, Impossible is Nothing! Same thing happens to our investment journey, I am sure we will experience some dark and doubtful moment in the our investment portfolio's future, the key is Never Give Up!

As for the stock, Wee Hur, I am still monitoring it, I still have one more week to make my decision ;-)

October is coming to an end and it's time for me to think about one stock and one movie to get/watch in November ;-) 

Stay tuned!


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