Monday, 21 March 2016

i finally see the martian movie

I finally got around to seeing Ridley Scott's 'The Martian', the space movie about a biologist (Matt Damon) getting trapped on Mars after a space mission goes awry.

The movie has been on my list to watch, along with my slight intrigue to compare this Matt Damon character with his Dr Mann in Interstellar, an astronaut stranded on a planet the other side of a wormhole.

The Martian becomes a classic space rescue movie, in the vein of Apollo 13 or Gravity, with maybe some Silent Running thrown in for good measure.

I quite enjoy this type of space film, closer to reality than Star Wars / Star Trek franchise movies.

Admittedly this one still glossed over the reduced gravity and -60 C temperatures on Mars. It also had the inevitable explanation of a science point with a couple of cups and a biro, but it still made for a good story. If thrillers have MacGuffins, then this type of space movie's alternative is to include slingshot gravitational effects.

I was intrigued to see the movie is classified as a comedy, but maybe that's on some kind of special Ridley Scott scale, where the cat scene from Alien is also comedic.

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