Ridley Scott’s The Martian Looks Like Gravity Meets Interstellar
The second trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott science fiction film The Martian premiered online today. Featuring an all star cast including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Donald Glover, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Martian will hit theaters on October 2 in 3D (of course) and 2D.
It will mark Scott’s fourth science-fiction film after Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), and Prometheus (2012). The Martian is based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir.
During a human mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after being caught in a fierce storm, and is left behind when the rest of the crew evacuate the planet and begin to head back to Earth. Watney finds himself stranded and alone, with only meager supplies and his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal home, despite knowing that even if his survival is made known there is no prospect of a rescue.
The novel has been described as an Apollo 13 meets Cast Away — which is interesting, because it also happens to look like two recently popular sci-fi films Gravity and Interstellar. The Interstellar comparisons are especially obvious with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in the cast. Damon almost looks like he could be playing his character from Interstellar again. While the only difference for Chastain is that in this film she’ll get to travel to space.
Another popular trend The Martian features is survival stories, people can’t seem to get enough of them. Both trailers for the film feature the survival aspect strongly, however, this second trailer is paced differently from the previous trailers, which had a more Interstellar feel.
The film certainly looks impressive, and it has a hell of a cast. Like most Ridley Scott films, I think a big factor on whether it will be good is if the script by Drew Goddard is good. The Martian certainly is trendy in today’s sci-fi cinema, but can it overcome those comparisons to be something truly it’s own?