This weekend the Ridley Scott-directed The Martian was released,
reportedly pulling in $55-million in box office receipts.
Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, it is the story of Mark Watney, a botanist and astronaut who is presumed dead and left behind on Mars when his crew is forced to evacuate the planet because of a dust storm.
The book was praised for much of its scientific accuracy, and the film was optioned at nearly the same time the book was picked up by a traditional publishing house.
The film did a great job following the story line from the book and there were only a few deviations from it. A few scenes I enjoyed in the book weren’t included, which is okay because they didn’t alter the story, but I still missed them a little bit.
Because I’m such a big fan of the book, I was interested to get the opinions of my wife and younger son who saw it with me. My wife quipped during the movie that this was “Cast Away on Mars”, but overall she enjoyed it and was glad I brought her to see it. My son said its the best space movie he’s seen.