zamboner wrote:I don't get the Martian praise. It was literally just watching Matt Damon solve his way out of one problem after another. Completely linear and shallow.
And watching Donald Glover play the beyond-cliché idiot-savant made me cringe. Why include him? The best was when he hacked that server and his computer displayed something like "Server Hacked!". lol. High fives around.
Mars did look cool from behind my 3-D glasses, but this movie was a basic bitch.
Taking your points in order, handling a complex set of interconnected challenges by creating one solution after another was the whole point. It's an ode to science. That's how it goes. I appreciate that about the movie, but that's a reflection of personal taste and interest so it makes sense that what is a positive for me will be a negative for others.
I've never seen Donald Glover in anything so I don't know how he normally acts. I thought he was less aspergery than he should have been. And the supercomputer scene is apparently reasonable. The author wrote a PC program to calculate orbits and stuff when he was writing the book and he couldn't do anything except simulate what a ship would do based on direction and duration of burns he guessed at. When the book was a success he asked NASA guys how they handle the insane orbital mechanics math that creates 10th order differential equations and seem impossible to solve. They said, "nobody solves those, they're too hard. We just simulate it." Except their simulations take way more variables into account. So the Rich Purnell character would probably have a quick and dirty bit of software for coming up with courses and then would need to run it through the big machines to make sure it would actually work.
The screenshot is "Calculations Correct". In the real world he would do that from his office, and the screen would say something undramatic like "Simulation complete." and then he would run it through an analysis tool that would report "Maximum deviation from original course: 830.27 meters" or something, and then he'd have to explain it. But movies have to show, not explain, so you put him in a datacentre and have the computer tell him it's correct. Meh.