Monday, September 28, 2015

The science and hype of 'The Martian'

There's a lot more to the week's serious entertainment news than ICP's lawsuit against the FBI.  For starters, the past two weekends' box office had a youth dystopia in the top five.  I'll get to that later.  For now, I'm writing about a movie opening up this weekend that is more optimistic, "The Martian."  It promises to be the hard-SF film of the year.  Discovery News asks Just How Scientifically Accurate Is 'The Martian'?  The answer is very.

The upcoming film 'The Martian' is making a huge splash for both scientists and science fans, but how scientifically accurate is it?
This fits right in with the case for colonizing space but with an acknowledgement that space is a hostile environment.

Discovery News is just part of the hype machine, albeit a very informative and informed part.  Here is a video that escaped me from June that is more nakedly promotion of the movie: Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN Viral Trailer (Science Fiction - 2015).  That doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

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. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

THE MARTIAN Viral Trailer
A Movie directed by Ridley Scott
Cast : Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña
Release Date : in theaters November 25, 2015.
Genre : Science Fiction
I definitely plan on covering this weekend's box office to see how this movie fares against "Sicario" and the rest of the competition.  Stay tuned.

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