Often described as “Robinson Crusoe” in space, the novel follows astronaut Mark Watney, who is left behind on the Red Planet after an accident separates him from the rest of his crew. The biggest place that’s inaccurate – don’t tell anybody – but if you’re in a dust storm on Mars, you’re not even going to feel it. Mars’ atmosphere is less than one percent of Earth’s.
If there is one man the entire planet could agree on saving, it’s probably Matt Damon. The film is that rare case in which the problems with the original when read by a general audience-its sometimes overlong science-y explanations, its occasionally clunky narratorial shifts-are nearly all ironed out of the on-screen adaptation, without losing the flavor of the original.
Did it make you think about whether you could’ve been an astronaut? At the heart of the story is a tale of human will and ingenuity.
What’s most believable about “The Martian” is the way astronauts, ground controllers and the other members of NASA’s team interact in the movie, Barratt said. I think I got away with a lot of exposition that would have been boring because of Mark’s personality and wit. The movie is the only scientifically straightforward story he has appeared in other than the pandemic thriller “Contagion”.
No, I’d never met him, which was odd because we’ve both been kicking around here for a while. Meanwhile, the film had its European premiere on Thursday in London which was attended by stars including Kate Mara, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
“When we’re talking about diversity you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show”. But I only have one little spot where I explain the made-up physics-the physics I had to invent. Everything else is either based on that or based on real physics. But that risk is mitigated when you’re working with a director like Ridley Scott. “The two movies are so different, obviously, and the characters are so different”.
Answer: Originally the book was just a serial I posted a chapter at a time to my website.
Part of the appeal of this lonely one man survival narratives is to measure up whether we would have the wherewithal to make it through to the end of the movie.
“It shows that there’s a lot of confidence in Ridley to handle a big-budget movie that’s not a superhero movie”.
“Yeah, it’s just this incredibly uplifting, optimistic celebration of nerds”, Damon says.
Four years later, Weir’s web serial morphed into a best-selling paperback, occupying the top of the New York Times bestseller list. “He’s got so much experience and he shoots so fast because he’s cutting the film in the camera, essentially”. With a glint in his eye and that signature crooked smile, Damon sells this direct-address device beautifully – aided by Drew Goddard’s warm and wickedly smart adapted script – making dialogue like “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this” into winsome laugh lines.
“In a amusing kind of way, Matt is nearly the ideal representative of the American”, Scott said last month. That this latest excursion into sci-fi territory should contain visual and aural echoes of Prometheus is little surprise, given that Scott’s brought much of the same collaborators back from that film – among them production designer Arthur Max, cinematographer Dariusz Wolski and costume designer Janty Yates. “He’s just really got his teeth into a story he wanted to tell”.
We’ve all had the feeling of being alone in the world.
Many also noted that it was a return to form for director Scott, who had made a number of films that received mixed reviews over the past few years.
“The book has that as well, as the whole world kind of gets on board to save Watney”.
” ‘We’re coming out a year later, ‘ Ridley says”.