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“Downsizing” Bigger Than Its High Concept Premise

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What sounds ludicrous about “Downsizing” is ludicrous.

But something bigger looms behind its high concept premise.

Its set in a near future where a scientific advancement allows people to be shrunk in size and live in a miniature ecosystem that resembles the larger world at a smaller scale, in order to save the dying planet. It is also potentially lucrative: if you are a thousand-aire in the regular world, you are a millionaire in the smaller one.

But people are not equal there either.

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“The Martian” A Star-Driven Space Opera

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David Bowie and Elton John warned us about Mars.

It ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, sang John. Bowie said it was full of Spiders.

The astronaut played by Matt Damon should have listened to them.

As if more evidence was needed director Ridley Scott’s film “The Martian” is a portrait of the bad things can happen there.

It is based on a sci-fi novel about a scientist left behind on Mars by fellow astronauts who believe him dead. But he lived and his survival depended on the problem solving ingenuity that was his defining character trait.

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