Ridley Scott’s next film The Martian drops on the plum date of October 2nd – not coincidentally, the same weekend Gravity dropped two years ago. And right about now, with two months to go before a new Ridley sci-fi flick, anticipation and excitement reach a fevered pitch before the cold reality of space kicks in. Prometheus, I’m looking at you.
So time will tell whether The Martian ends up being bloated and unfocused like Exodus: Gods and Kings, or great like … wait, when was the last really great Ridley Scott movie? Sure wasn’t Body of Lies, or The Counselor, or Robin Hood… American Gangster…? Kingdom of Heaven? Wait, yes. The director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven!
Wow, that was really tough. Okay, Martian. All eyes are on you, now!
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. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.