This obvious mistake in “The Martian” will make you smile

Ridley’s Scott “The Martian” is a decent movie with, at the time of this writing, the amazing Rotten tomatoes score of 93%.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.  Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.  But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I just love this plot, and I’m a huge fan of “realistic” science fiction. Think Gravity, Interstellar, Sunshine,…

But guess what? The Martian wasn’t actually shot on Mars! What, seriously Mr Scott? And we can now prove it, thanks to twitter user @cieletespace, who spotted a nice mistake in one of the officially released pictures of the movie.

Think finding water on mars was impressive? How about… trees on Mars? Well there you go:


On the one hand, that one wasn’t easy to spot, and it is possible the picture (which we can trace back to May this year) was taken from the movie before some of the last steps of post-production. Then again, a pretty big and funny mistake here 🙂

And no, I haven’t seen the movie yet (waiting for the digital version to come out), but the book was pretty good too.

via @cieletespace