Forget the high Earth orbit thrills of Gravity or the melodramatic nonsense of Interstellar - this is proper science fiction.Ridley Scott's latest film The Martian is based on the superb book by Andy Weir and tells the story of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must survive long enough to be rescued. It's been described as 'Gravity meets Robinson Crusoe' and whilst that's a great pitch, what makes the book so engrossing is the complete accuracy of the science involved. It makes the events described in the novel all the more believable and thus all the more exciting.
No one does science fiction like Ridley Scott and the shots in this trailer show that the English director has lost none of skill at creating jaw-dropping images. He's also shot the film in 3D, so this should be the most impressive cinematic trip to Mars yet. Let's just hope Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard (Daredevil) keep the film as scientifically accurate as the novel and aren't tempted to dumb things down for a mass audience. Or as the protagonist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) says in trailer, that they actually do "science the s*** out of it."
The Martian opens on the 27th of November.
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