Even when he strikes up a friendship with a volleyball he names “Wilson,” we indulge rather than judge.
Zemeckis draws us so close to the character that we understand him, even as he clings to life in a situation entirely alien to us.
As the movie wears on, our fascination shifts from Noland’s physical survival – spear fishing, making fire, and performing amateur dentistry on himself – to his internal struggle to endure so that he might be with his fiancée (Helen Hunt) again.But the movie suit's helmets were nowhere near as sophisticated as the equipment that real astronauts use, Yates said."The helmet was only technical to the point that we needed it to function," she said.Yates worked with concept artists to draw up a variety of basic designs for the suit worn by Watney and his crewmates on the Martian surface, then presented them to Scott for approval.
The body-hugging, black-white-and-orange suit showcased in the film emerged by process of elimination.
She worked with NASA officials and engineers, whom she described as "bend-over-backwards helpful." But in the end, she and her team came up with something new for the main spacesuit in "The Martian," which hits theaters Friday (Oct. "We basically had to start from scratch," Yates told