Jumat, 02 Oktober 2015

Review: 'The Martian' is a pleasure CNN International


Review: 'The Martian' is a pleasure CNN International-(The Hollywood Reporter)Ridley Scott goes back to the future, a familiar destination for him, and returns in fine shape in "The Martian."
Although technically science fiction by virtue of its being largely set on a neighboring planet, this smartly made adaptation of Andy Weir's best-selling novel is more realistic in its attention to detail than many films set in the present, giving the story the feel of an adventure that could happen the day after tomorrow. Constantly absorbing rather than outright exciting, this major autumn Fox release should generate muscular business worldwide.
Scott has famously been up in space before, thrillingly in "Alien," far less so in "Prometheus" (a sequel to which he is currently preparing). This time, he's telling a survival story, pure and simple, of an American astronaut, thought to be dead, who's left behind on Mars when an enormous storm compels his five fellow crew members to hastily cut short their extra-planetary visit. It's "Robinson Crusoe on Mars," but without the monkey and aliens.
Matt Damon discusses NASA's journey to Mars
Matt Damon discusses NASA's journey to Mars 01:26
When Mark Watney (Matt Damon) regains consciousness after having been impaled by an errant antenna and knocked out, he quickly assesses the situation: He's millions of miles from home and, based on the food supply, concludes that he's got a month to live. But he's by nature a can-do, optimistic kind of guy, a botanist by profession possessed of a sardonic, self-deprecating sense of humor, and decides that he has no intention of dying, even though the next Mars mission from home isn't due to arrive for another four years.
    Most of the early-going is devoted to the man making calculations as to how he can maximize his time on the arid planet, beginning by growing more potatoes from the ones he's got (in part by using his own homemade manure). Living in the relatively spacious quarters he and his colleagues set up, Mark cannibalizes everything he can, carefully apportions his rations and settles in for the long term; at moments the biggest threat to his sanity is the exclusive collection of '70s disco music left behind by one of his former astronauts.
    The claustrophobia and solitariness of Mark's situation is shortly broken up by events back on Earth. After Mark's tragedy has been duly mourned by the public, a sharp-eyed NASA technician notices ground movement in her surveillance of the Martian surface that could only be Mark moving around. Communication is duly re-established, which ignites both elation at his survival and frantic assessments of what it would take, and cost, to launch a rescue mission.

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