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Rob Vaux

A Southern California native, Rob Vaux fell in love with the movies at an early age and has been a professional critic since the year 2000. His work has appeared on Flipside Movie Emporium, Mania.com, Collider.com and Filmcritic.com as well as the Sci-Fi Movie Page. He lives in the heart of surfer country with a whirling menagerie of pets and a very understanding wife.

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    Josh L

    Note: The Chinese connection in The Martian is actually an integral part of Andy Weir’s original book, the source material for this movie. It is not there due to “studio influence,” or “designed solely to appeal to Hollywood’s new favorite overseas market.”

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      Mario L

      I’m glad you brought that to the writer’s attention. The movie didn’t really expressly state why the Chinese were willing to help. There was a trade off. Without spoiling it for someone who didn’t read the book or see the movie, the Chinese wanted to help. But, in the book, they also gave up their rocket for a specific benefit in the future. The movie alluded to it toward the end. But, it seemed like you had to have read the book to know why the movie showed a quick clip that related to the Chinese giving up their rocket.

      I like the look of the movie. I’ll probably go see it again in theaters. But, the book really went into great detail about why and how Mark Watney did the things he did in order to survive on Mars.

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