Being stuck alone on Mars must suck. That’s the general feeling you get from the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian. But Matt Damon isn’t going to take that situation lying down, and he’s going to science the shit out of this and find a way to survive.
Scott has been such a let down in recent years (Exodus: Gods and Kings anyone?), but I can’t help but get excited for a Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi movie. And it doesn’t hurt that this looks great (a friend saw 50 minutes of the movie recently and said it’s awesome, so there’s that, too). Still, even a movie like Prometheus, which is full of holes and problems from a plot, story, and character perspective, is gorgeous to look at, so you’d think with the right script, Scott can hopefully pull one off. And working from a novel by Andy Weir people seem to love (I haven’t read it yet), with a script by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods); that’s enough to turn my skepticism into optimism.
Here’s the synopsis:
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
With a ridiculous cast that also includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Martian hits theaters on October 2. Check out the new trailer below.