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.
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Goodtimes and misfortunes of white potatoes on the red planet. A new job with a future? Astrobotanist ! ====== Heurs et malheurs de pommes de Mars sur la planète rouge. Un nouveau job avec de l'avenir ? Astrobotaniste !
Science needs more propaganda. Apparently some think American-Chinese relations do, too. Then again, some seem to think the world needs more of those Ben Affleck or Matt Damon, or whichever all-American fratboy that was being the gregarious, laid-back hero movies. But, anyway... Yay science!
Doesn't win any points for its trite and obnoxious marketing. But, when it isn't being fluffy or recruiting for NASA, "The Martian" is endearingly optimistic, multinational and multicultural science fiction. As a blockbuster, it's pure formula -- but the filmmakers are about as resourceful and intelligent as their central character, and we seldom notice.
If Prometheus was night, this is day—a celebration of human inquisitiveness and solidarity; rather than warning against the perils of seeking forbidden knowledge. Films like this not only make for great entertainment, but are increasingly vital for impressionable minds. I can easily see a kid pursuing a career in science upon seeing this, just as many scientists today credit Gene Roddenberry as their gateway drug.
"The Martian" is an engineered-to-please summer blockbuster that just so happens to be releasing in the fall. It's as though Ridley Scott realized Noomi Rapace's claustrophobic, anxiety-ridden sequence in the medical pod was "Prometheus'" most successful moment, and decided to explore that brand of space peril in a more optimistic and utopian tale. The result is like a Roland Emmerich movie minus the schmaltz.
A curiously antiseptic Little-Botanist-Who-Could tale that, like the superior Interstellar before it, doubles as a NASA recruitment video, The Martian boasts eye-searing planetscapes that can't make up for its blank lack of interiority or its frustrating failure to bring science to life except as a cartoon of gung-ho can-do moxie. And the running 'disco sucks' joke is, or should be, plenty embarrassing.
Celebrating loneliness, solitary life (and humanity) in a fun and calm way (on the contrary to Gravity). It's simple because the film itself wants to show a simple point of view about one very important thing : SURVIVE your life.
Wtf is wrong with these last few space films? "Gravity", "Interstellar" and now "The Martian": why does everyone always survive... seriously? On a visual and technical level, this is outstanding and I expected nothing less from the man that gave us "Alien", "Blade Runner" and "Prometheus": Scott knows a thing or two about sci-fi films set in space. Storywise and in terms of characters it was boring and unambitious.