MacGyver on Mars

The-Martian So, we’ve seen a teaser trailer sometime ago of Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s science-fiction survival thriller The Martian. Today, there’s a full-on 3-and-a-half-minute, expletive-laden clip of Matt Damon and the other crew members of the ill-fated mission to Mars, on YouTube. I’ve read the novel, but I don’t remember if there was a chapter on the pre-mission stuff, because the novel opens with the crew already on Mars.

Whatever it is, this clip is closer to the spirit of the novel, which is full of humour, even when the protagonist, Mark Watney, the NASA astronaut who gets stranded alone on Mars, is in terrible danger. The teaser trailer I felt was a bit too dark and serious in tone.

The problem is, Ridley Scott hasn’t made a good film in recent years. Well, Prometheus divided Alien fans and filmgoers in general, but considering the guy made Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise, his recent work doesn’t match up to those early films.

But it would be interesting, since this is basically a one-man survival story, to see if Scott can bring back the immediacy of Ripley trying to survive the xenomorph on her own in the final section of Alien. It would also be interesting to see how the movie will translate all that heavy science and physics stuff which can easily be explained in a novel written in parts as a diary, but may be quite a task to do so in one-man movie scenes.

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