Ridley Scott’s next big science fiction film is called “The Martian” and stars Matt Damon. When I look at images of the film so far, I see a Matt Damon character in astronaut gear sitting on a non-Earth planet surface. I can’t help but think of his character in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and how disappointed I was. I was especially bored with the character played by Matt Damon. As soon as Damon showed up my disinterest in the film peaked. After “Interstellar”, this will be the second time Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon both work together in a space film, despite not having shared any scenes in Nolan’s film.
Ridley Scott is still well-loved for his work in sci-fi and fantasy, as “Alien”, “Blade Runner”, and “Legend” all impressed me. I was likely one of a few Alien lovers who enjoyed his Alien prequel “Prometheus”. I just think most of his greater works are now over 30 years old. Was “Gladiator” good or great? Sure, I enjoyed it very much, but it wasn’t as essential or grand as “Alien” or “Blade Runner”. He’s done a lot of mediocre films since then. Ridley Scott’s last outing in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” wasn’t his worst, but it was far from a good movie.
Matt Damon hasn’t impressed me since “Good Will Hunting” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. I am bored when I see his name attached to a project. His range has been tremendously reduced somehow and now continues to pump out bland personalities one after another.
I would love to have a good sci-fi film hit the theaters. “The Martian” so far looks good, and from what some people close to the project or have seen some footage have said, helps me think the possibility is higher than I’d originally expected. “The Martian” is a science fiction action adventure film about a manned mission on Mars. The mission of course goes bad when the astronaut is presumed to be dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Now the clever astronaut must conjure a way to contact Earth with his limited supplies.
The film is based on a novel written by Andy Weir. A fun fact about the writer? He originally published this story for free on his own site as a blog for fun until people convinced him to list it for download for a buck. The novel was adapted by Drew Goddard, whose previous work includes: Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”, J.J. Abrams’ “Alias”, “LOST”, and “Cloverfield”. Also directed and co-wrote “The Cabin in the Woods” with Joss Whedon. And last but far from least, he is listed as the creator of Marvel’s crown jewel, the “Daredevil” series now available on Netflix! With this rap sheet, I am sure to attribute much of the success to Drew Goddard if “The Martian” pleases. The film is due to release on November 25, 2015.