A little over halfway through The Martian, we witness a discussion being had by 5 members of the crew of Hermes, a spacecraft that was sent to Mars for NASA’s Ares III manned-mission, led by Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain). The discussion concerns whether they are willing to defy orders placed by NASA and breach security in order to save the life of a friend. The discussion is one of rational and systematic thought, deliberated by experienced astronauts (Kate Mara,…
Disturbing, at times exemplary thriller with a myriad of anxiety and some chilling understated performances.
Its politics will irk some, for its outlook is bleak and its narrative too thin to carry the weight of its argumentation.