The Martian presents the audience with a near-future that is a pervasively depoliticized neoliberal utopia—and what is scariest is that it does so very successfully. That is, The Martian is a very well-made and largely entertaining film that is also one of the shallowest movies likely to be considered for an Academy Award, though the competition for that will likely be strong.
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Sculos, Bryant W.
"The Martian: A NASA-tionalist Utopia,"
Class, Race and Corporate Power: Vol. 3
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol3/iss2/6