"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Martian

Thanks to my accident just before Memorial Day, I don't get out to movies as often as I used to, or as often as I would like. My current situation (inoperable car, not a snowball's chance in Hell of obtaining the funds to make it usable, being half crippled and sometimes barely able to walk a couple of blocks to a bus stop) makes that arduous and painful.

THIS movie, The Martian (2015), was WORTH the ordeal.

From polarbearstv.com

Astronaut Mark Watney is left behind, presumed dead, after a violent storm has slammed a piece of equipment onto him and forced the rest of the crew to leave before their vehicle is damaged by that storm.

But, in fact he is still alive and has the problem of remaining so for several years before a rescue mission could get there.

For the most part, the science is pretty solid (although SOME liberties are taken, most specifically in the storm that is the CAUSE of the emergency in the first place).

What I particularly liked was the professionalism of the characters in this story. Although they have disagreements, I don't recall any of the stupidity in their actions that you all too often see in movies of this sort.  In short, the movie does not insult your intelligence.

This is director Ridley Scott's best work since "Alien" and "Blade Runner".

Bottom line:  Check it out while it's on a BIG screen, in 3D if you can. :-)


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