“Bring him home”
- What is this movie about?
There is a space mission in Mars and its astronauts have to leave because there is a sand storm coming towards them but when they are leaving the planet there is one of them who doesn’t make it and the rest of them think that he is dead. But it turns out that he is not dead, that he is still alive and that he has been left behind to survive in an inhospitable planet completly alone…
- Why should you watch it?
First of all, this is no “Interstellar” nor Gravity” though you might think otherwise… This is a movie about “could a human live in Mars?”. It’s basically a movie about survival and what man has to do in the so red planet. Don’t expect any bad guys or action or shooting cause this is not that kind of movie.
That said, the movie is very scientifically accurate (or at least they try) and you spend the whole time of it waiting to see how it ends, if it’s a success or a failure, if he survives or not… (you will have to watch it in order to know the answer).
Matt Damon does an amazing job, although you might think about his role in “Interstellar” this one has nothing to do with it (NOTHING). Here you can feel his solitude, his longing to survive, and he spends much of the movie doing that, you see what he has to do in order to survive and how he does it. He is the movie.
The movie is pretty good and pretty interesting because it makes you ponder if mankind could live in Mars or in any other planet. It’s a survival movie.
- Did you know?
– The writer of the novel, Andy Weir, first published his book for free on his own blog for fun. Then people asked him to put it in a downloadable form, then to put it on Amazon for Kindle download which he did at the then minimum price of $0.99.
– The film was shot in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which has a red coloured desert, the same location where another Mars mission film, Red Planet (2000), was shot.
– Filmmakers wanting to portray NASA in a film must obtain permission to do so. NASA must also be shown that the filmmakers are taking the subject matter seriously and are representing the truth. Fifty pages of the script of this film is NASA material.
– Much of the research and development on Prometheus (2012) was used on this film, especially the space suits.
– Filming took around 70 days.
– As Beck is about to take a dangerous trip outside the Hermes, Beth tells him to be careful because “In space…”, an unfinished quote of the famous tagline (“In space, no one can hear you scream”) from director Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979)
– The name of the spaceship and the mission is Ares 3, an homage to the Greek god of war, Ares, whose Roman name is Mars.
– Matt Damon plays a character named Mark Watney. “Mark” is the English version of the Latin name “Marcus,” which means “of Mars.”
- You will like this movie if you liked these (sort of):
– Interstellar – Christopher Nolan (2014)
– Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón (2013)