The Martian (2015)
During 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 crewmates 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.
Genre : SF
Country : USA
Matt Damon : Mark Waney
Jessica Chastain : Melissa Lewis
Jeff Daniels : Teddy Sanders
Chiwetel Ejiofor : Vincent Kapoor
My opinion about “The Martian”
“Dear America, remember that astronaut we killed and had a really nice funeral for?
Turns out he’s alive, and we left him on Mars.
I hope NASA draws its conclusions after watching this film. Namely rearranging their budget. First, they can scrap these expensive looking airlocks and replace them by locks made of cellophane which is attached with use of duct tape. Now they can use that extra budget for a reserve communication system in the base station so that any abandoned crewmember can still contact the control center in Houston if the initial one fails. They would hear for the first time: “Houston, I have a problem“. That was the first thing that flashed through my mind after watching this otherwise smashing great SF, created by the unsurpassed, “my all time favorite” brilliant director Ridley Scott. The (for me) blatant misstep “Exodus“, is hereby forgiven.
What I liked the most was the perfect balance between scientific gibberish, the tension and the perfectly dosed humorous moments. The scientific part was even for a layman like myself perfectly apprehendable. Partly thanks to the sometimes reliable explanations from the videolog which Mark kept from day one. Needless to say the film is filled with nerve-racking, exciting moments. But especially the comic moments made this an enjoyable film. A perfect task for Matt Damon with his charming, boyish smile who solves every problem with a casual quip and a dose of positivism and perspective. Even the control center of NASA, which is filled to the brim with humorless, serious science nerds, made me smile from time to time. I never thought that the combination of queery disco music, old episodes of “Happy Days” and aluminum-wrapped human excrements, could amuse me.