‘The Martian’ Is A Blockbuster For Science, But How Does It Measure Up Cinematically?

September 30, 2015 9:06 AM

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‘The Martian’ Is A Blockbuster For Science, But How Does It Measure Up Cinematically?

The much anticipated big screen adaptation of Andy Weir’s hot-read “The Martian” finally lands in theaters this week. For local boy Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott, it’s a respectable go, but for science and NASA, it’s an unequivocal win. Following the film’s release those chem and bio books on high schoolers’ night stands will get a little sexier.

For those not familiar with Weir’s self-published e-book that became a New York Times best-seller, it takes place in the short near future, when manned flights to Mars are doable and entails the ordeal of an astronaut left for dead on the Red Planet, who then must survive for four years until the ne...

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