The Martian

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bossmoss
October 8, 2015 - 12:43am
Just watched the movie "The Martian".  Has anyone else seen it?  Opinions?
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bossmoss
October 8, 2015 - 12:44am
Just for the record, I liked it.

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TerlObar
October 8, 2015 - 2:53pm
Have not seen it but have heard it was really, really well done.  In fact the reviewer declared it to be the best hard science fiction movie ever.  The book is on the top of my list as the next book I'm going to read as soon as I have a chance (probably Chrismas time when the current semester is over).
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jedion357
October 8, 2015 - 6:36pm
Read and loved the book. Would love to get the opinion of a NASA consultant on the political stuff behind the scenes at NASA that is portrayed in the book, Wink (not going to name names on that). Good sci-fi without any aliens, lasers, FTL travel, or things blowing up, well not the things blowing up bit as that did happen a little- just not in the typical action movie way.
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TerlObar
October 8, 2015 - 8:40pm
Yeah it would be good to get an inside opinion, too bad I don't know anyone that's worked at NASA or been involved in NASA politics ... oh wait, half my contact list. Wink  I'll let you know once I've read the book but I believe the author used to work at Sandia National Lab which is much the same environment so it's probably pretty accurate.
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jedion357
October 9, 2015 - 7:45pm
OK, I just saw the movie and I think the book is better, more detail and the movie glosses over some things which then makes some of the movie not make a lot of sense.
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Shadow Shack
October 10, 2015 - 1:05am
jedion357 wrote:
OK, I just saw the movie and I think the book is better

That's usually the case.

<cough>Marvel and DC movies</cough>
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jedion357
October 10, 2015 - 5:44am
With the book you really understand the danger he's in but on film its just Matt D going along doing stuff and the feeling of danger doesn't come through. The CGI vistas of Mars were nice but not nice enough to warrent paying $12 to see them in the theater and the action is a little staid after Jason Bourne movies. I like it because its sci-fi of the Star Frontiers caliber but its a little ho hum.

Now if they made Semper Mars into a movie it would probably not be as good as the book but since there is a desperately out numbered unit of US space marines making a desperate stand against Chinese space marines the action quotent would be quite high and that movie would be far more exciting.
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