Director Ridley Scott has made a pretty big name for himself in Hollywood with such classics as “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Hannibal,” “Out of the Furnace” and “The Grey.”
Scott seems to have cemented himself as a quality film director. The question is: can he do it again?
In early October, Scott will release a new movie known as “The Martian”. The film includes the talents of Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Michael Pena, Sebastian Stan and Jeff Daniels. Based off the book by the same name and written by Andy Weir, “The Martian” seems to have the potential to be an enjoyable film.
“The Martian” tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) who is left behind on the first manned mission to mars. Following a fierce storm on the planet’s surface, Watney is presumed dead. With meager supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.
Back on Earth, members of NASA work tirelessly to bring him home. However, his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.
Space seems to have been a compelling background for several different stories. In 1979 audiences were introduced to “Alien,” a story about a small team of people fighting an unknown alien adversary. “Alien” spawned several sequels, all with different directors, including James Cameron and David Fincher.
In the ‘80s families were introduced to “E.T.,” the lovable extraterrestrial. The year 1995 brought us “Apollo 13” and the famous line, “Houston, we have a problem.” And in 1998 audiences were introduced to “Armageddon”; a space epic about an apocalyptic event and the manned mission to save the world.
However, in the past few years theaters everywhere seem to have had a slight spike in computer generated special effects in space centered movies. This spike seems to have led to an increased interest in a cosmic centered storyline.
A couple years ago in 2013, the film “Gravity” made its appearance in theaters and gave an emotional portrayal of an astronaut’s (Sandra Bullock) struggle to survive after a catastrophic event launched her into space. “Interstellar” did the same thing a year later in 2014 with a story about a man (Matthew McConaughey) being launched into space and discovering a secret about time as we know it. Matt Damon also made a guest appearance in “Interstellar,” as well.
At just over two hours, it will be interesting to see where “The Martian” goes in terms of character development. Based off of the trailers, it seems like the story will be an interesting mix of exciting and emotional.
“The Martian” will be released on Oct. 2 and has the potential to be this year’s great space epic.
William Stevens is a staff writer for The Spectator.