Jun 11, 2015

    Marooned on Mars, Damon fights to live

    ROBINSON Crusoe probably had it easier than astronaut Mark Watney.

    The Martian from director Ridley Scott details how Watney, on a mission to Mars, gets left behind by his fellow crew members during an evacuation and has to survive alone on the Red Planet.

    In the role of this unlucky astronaut is Matt Damon.

    Released on Monday, the 3min 17sec trailer for the film shows Damon's Watney trundling through a sandstorm, getting blown away by strong winds and regaining consciousness later, very much alone and horrified, as his crew mates have already blasted off to safety.

    Back at the Mars mission base, Watney grimly states in a video log that he has no way to contact Nasa nor his pals and even if he could, it would take four years before a manned mission can reach him.

    This means he has to figure out how to stay alive until help arrives, if it does. Oh, and he has only about a month's worth of supplies.

    Thankfully, Watney's attempts to contact Earth eventually succeed and his crew mates think of rescuing him. But there's a suggestion that doing so is tantamount to mutiny and it appears the odds are stacked against them.

    Cue tense space disaster montage and a scene with one astronaut trying to apply duct tape over his possibly cracked helmet. Sweet.

    Based on a novel by Andy Weir (a former software programmer, who made sure he got the science part right), The Martian also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.

    But really, the film focuses a lot on Damon's character making do with meagre supplies and relying on his smarts to keep himself alive.

    Now who doesn't want to watch Damon talking to himself, getting frustrated and whining? If anyone can make this situation entertaining and relatable, it'd be Damon.


    The Martian is slated to open in Singapore on Nov 26.