Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Martian - Movie Review

If you haven't seen The Martian, then stop reading this and go out and watch it!!!  I'm always skeptical of space movies because too often they are filled with ridiculous action with no regard for science.  The Martian, however, is not one of these movies.  It was...AMAZING!  This is one of my favorite movies in quite some time and by far one of the best science movies I've watched, if not the best!

The movie had me on my seat with the right amount of action, suspense, and correct science.  The movie is based on a book of the same name and the producers did an excellent job keeping the science in the movie.

There are a couple of bad science moments, but these were known by the author of the book and kept in because the author had no other good way to push the story forward.  For example, the wind blowing things all over the place on the surface of Mars is incorrect science.  There are wind storms on Mars, but the atmosphere is so thin that the wind would have little effect on moving objects.  Radiation shielding was glossed over and little was mentioned regarding Mars' lower gravity.

Regardless of these bad science moments, the movie was filled with accurate science, and I'll say it again, was AMAZING!  Watch it!

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