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The Martian

Discussion in 'TV / Movie Geek' started by Yellow Fang, 18 Oct 2015.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    I watched the film yesterday. It was good, but not quite as good as the book IMO. Considering how scientifically accurate most of the book was, the film did not attempt to be as accurate. For example:

    • There was more than one blackout storm. Even one such blackout storm is impossible in Mars. It was just dramatically necessary for the plot.
    • The solar panels looked pretty, but unless I am mistaken, they were only half covered in solar cells. Surely NASA would use the most efficient solar modules available.
    • There were clouds in the sky.
    • The atmosphere was obviously far too thick. There was one point where Mark Watney repairs the HAB (living quarters) by taping a tarpaulin over the ripped out air lock. In a storm, the tarpaulin is seen being blown in and out by the storm. Surely impossible if the HAB is under pressure.
    • There was no attempt to portray the lighter gravity on Mars.
    Regarding the sand storm that separated Mark Watney from the rest of the crew, I believe Andy Weir has said he was aware it was impossible, but that he could not think of another device. It's a shame. Might there be any? Earthquake, volcano, asteroid strike: they all seem rather improbable.

    When the HAB rips open owing to a weakness in one of the seams, all Watney's potatoes die. He can still eat them, but he cannot grow them any more. Is this the case? What would kill off the spores. In the film, the first potatoes were in a vacuum pack, so presumably it is not the lack of air that killed them. I suppose freezing might have killed them.
     
  2. 0-markymark-0

    0-markymark-0 Über Geek

    Not as good as the book?? It was one of the most boring tedious books I ever read. 100 pages on growing potatoes in a tent.

    I'm still not 100% the film is the book I read because I cannot believe anyone would make a film of that, but the plot does seem the same....
     
  3. andyfraser

    andyfraser Active Geek

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    I've been put off the film a bit by the book. I find Mark Watney quite annoying and almost gave up but then the story shifted to Earth and that broke it up a bit. I'm only half way through the book but I've switched to a different novel for now. I want to finish the book before seeing the film so I should get back to it really. Maybe when I've finished my current book.
     
  4. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    Not seen it yet, but my son has and said (knowing I'm into sci-fi) it was reasonably enjoyable.

    I'm a bit funny about movie-book situations. I avoided the Harry Potter books after the first one partly because of time and having other things to read but also because my daughter was a fan, I knew we'd end up going to see all the films over time, and I didn't want to go into the cinema with a comparison already taking shape in my head.
     
  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Rocket Engineer

    I mostly liked the film. A few inconsistencies, like why are spacesuits fine to be untethered except for the one you need at the end of the film? I could live with the lower gravity being ignored though. It wasn't essential to the plot, and I'd sooner not give the Moon landing hoax idiots another thing to give as "evidence" that it was all faked...
     
  6. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    I liked it. It was watchable, which is more than you can say for most films. I don't think it matches up with Ridley Scott's best films such as Alien and Bladerunner, but maybe those days are behind him. The film did look, pretty obviously, like it was filmed around Arizona or somewhere near the Grande Canyon. I wouldn't have been surprised to see Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote burst onto the screen. I feel they might have tried a bit harder on that.
     
  7. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I've not read the book but the film was what I expected. Science wrong for dramatic affect is the norm, like cars doing unrealistic jumps in chase scenes. That's just Hollywood..

    If Mark Watney is quite annoying in the book, they got the right actor :p:
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  8. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    I suppose you could find Mark Watney annoying. He is chipper, I think the term is.