Will they bring him home? "The Martian" in detail

Will they bring him home? "The Martian" in detail
Will they bring him home? "The Martian" in detail
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Review of Ridley Scott's film "The Martian".

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NASA very often fuels the interest of all mankind in Mars. So last week, for example, the American space agency found something to surprise us by presenting the news about the discovery of salt rivers on the Red Planet.

Such an information flow involuntarily leads us to think about the possible colonization of the fourth planet from the Sun. However, before cutting off - to set off to conquer the Martian expanses - you need to measure at least seven times: calculate everything, build and be ready even for theoretically impossible scenarios, such as the presence of terrible storms on Mars. It was such a storm that initiated the misadventures of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the protagonist of the new film The Martian, based on the novel of the same name by former programmer and now writer Andy Weier.

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During the stay of the research expedition on Mars, a strong storm broke out, which caused an emergency evacuation of the astronauts. In the confusion, the crew found the wounded astronaut Mark Watney dead and flew away without him. But Mark survived and found himself on an alien planet all alone. With scarce supplies, he must mobilize all his ingenuity, intelligence and fortitude to survive and find a way to tell Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA experts and an international team of scientists are working tirelessly to save the "Martian", while his crewmates are contemplating a daring - almost impossible - rescue operation. Amid the display of incredible courage, the world rallied in the desire to return Mark Watney to Earth.

This is how briefly you can convey the plot of the film, which, apparently, will swing at the current record for the box office in the world box office. You can talk about this purely theoretically, because you can make you empathize and shout an enthusiastic "I believe!" in theaters, they entrusted a truly stellar cast, which included Matt Damon, Jessica Chaystein, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean and Keith Mara.

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“This is a true survival story,” says director Ridley Scott. - Mark Watney found himself under incredible pressure and isolation, and this film is about how he behaves in this situation. Mark's fate depends on whether panic and despair prevail, whether he resigns himself to the inevitability of death, or relies on his training, ingenuity and sense of humor to stay calm and solve the necessary problems."

A sense of humor becomes his main weapon, giving him the strength to cast aside hopelessness and not think about sad circumstances. Keeping courage and optimism plays a very important role in this story, and this trait of Mark attracted Matt Damon.

“I liked the humor, not only of Mark Watney, but also of other characters, - the actor admits. "Here, the comedic tone does not turn into cheeky and successfully complements the rich drama of the situation, which is not often found in the sci-fi genre."

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Matt Damon received the script from producer Simon Kinberg, with whom he worked on the action movie Elysium: Heaven on Earth. The text fell into the hands of the actor on Friday, and on Sunday he expressed his full readiness to act.

“Matt reacted to the story in the same way we did in the studio,” recalls Simon Kienberg. “He rated the script as original, interesting, fun and unlike any other survival story. We have not imagined another actor to play Mark Watney."

By the way, the script, as we have already said, is based on the novel by Andy Weier. Producer Aditya Sud was the first to read the electronic version of the book; the novel was published in parts online, then the full electronic version was presented on Amazon, and in 2014 the book was published in hardcover.

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Producer Simon Kienberg was enthralled with the book, reading just thirty pages. He sent the novel to screenwriter and director Drew Goddard, who provided an excellent rough draft of the movie. Despite the difficulties associated with adapting the book, which tackles complex scientific and mathematical problems, the script contains many characters and complex storylines.

The script was ready, Matt Damon agreed to act, and the development of the project progressed quickly until the moment when Drew Goddard was appointed director of another film. The director's chair was vacated, and it should have been occupied, as Simon Kinberg said, "not just a good, but a great director." Several well-known filmmakers familiar with the project were considered, and then the producers received unexpected news: they can invite Ridley Scott.

“Ridley is my favorite director and he was great for this kind of story, but at the time he was working on another project,” recalls Simon Kienberg. "When we found out that that project was postponed, we immediately handed over our script to Ridley Scott."

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“I was shocked by the almost complete impracticability of the task that Mark Watney had to solve, and by how much joint effort it took not only from NASA specialists, but also from international partners,” says the director. "Geopolitical adversaries forgot about their differences and worked together to save the astronaut, and the scope and complexity of the problem has riveted the attention of the whole world."

The author of the novel Andy Weier could not believe in the rapid transformation of his online work into the script of a major film project. At first he didn't believe it.

“I live in North Carolina and have not met with my agent from New York, or with the producers and representatives of Fox from Los Angeles. So when I was told that Ridley Scott would direct this film, I was convinced it was a hoax,”Weier recalls.

He considered his novel, written on the basis of serious research and filled with scientific and mathematical calculations, "a technical work for people versed in technology." “I could not even think that an ordinary reader would be interested and even like it,” the author of the book admits.

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Viewers will be able to go with NASA astronauts to the Red Planet and go through all possible circles of hell with Mark Watney on October 8. Apparently, a truly exciting drama awaits us, which will appeal to both ordinary people and the best minds of mankind. Stock up on popcorn!

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