Here’s how The Martian was sold to me:
Remember this scene in Apollo 13?
My friends who are engineers tell me that this scene is the most Engineer Scene In The History Of Engineer Movies. Which, they point out, we don’t have enough of.
The Martian, I was told, is pretty much two hours of this scene.
As it turns out, the movie is 141 minutes. But, yeah, with credits and setup and all that, yeah. Pretty much two hours of a problem being described following by the tools available being shown. We have an Engineer at hand who uses those tools to fix the problem.
Which is then quickly followed by another problem.
If you’re hoping for memorable characters, you’re pretty much out of luck. BUT. If you love the idea of a botanist explaining how making more food works… I mean, dig this little speech (one of MANY):
The problem is water. I have created 126 square meters of soil. But every cubic meter of soil requires 40 liters of water to be farmable. So I gotta make a lot more water. Good thing is, I know the recipe.
If you’re an Engineer, of course, you’ve already seen the movie twice in the theater but, if for some reason you’ve found yourself without time and were wondering if you should check it out because you already read the book or you caught Neil deGrasse Tyson spoiling the crap out of the movie and figured that now you don’t need to see it… well, you should totally check out The Martian.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)