MOVIE OF THE WEEK AT THE NEW YORKER CULTURE BLOG
The New Yorker's Richard Brody posted the above "Movie Of The Week" video essay about Brian De Palma's Mission To Mars today on his blog. Here is the text he posted to accompany the video:
"The best thing in The Martian isn’t the science or the suspense but the strangeness of space—an element that its director, Ridley Scott, downplays and that Brian De Palma revels in, with gleeful inventiveness, in his 2000 feature, Mission to Mars, which I discuss in this clip. De Palma’s film is a story of rescue as well, in which Don Cheadle plays an astronaut marooned on Mars; Gary Sinise, Connie Nielsen, Tim Robbins, and Jerry O’Connell play his crewmates, who are making the return trip to Earth when they learn of his survival and head back to get him. The strangeness that De Palma conveys is as much psychological and even metaphysical as it is practical. Space is big and empty, stations are confined, weightlessness is baffling, durations are distorted, and relationships are skewed. The scientific angle of Mission to Mars is approached with wonder, but there’s also a supernatural angle that simultaneously tethers the movie to classic life-in-space fantasies and gives rise to a second layer of speculation (which I also discuss in this clip) that, while defying the letter of the plot, is entirely in tune with its spirit."