British Academy Award-winning director Ridley Scott is no stranger to out-of-this-world blockbusters – Alien (1979) is still regarded as one of the greatest space movies of all time, but he may have just produced his best work since the epic Gladiator (2000), with new release, The Martian.
The breath-taking drama stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, who, after being presumed dead during a fierce thunderstorm on Mars, is inadvertently left behind by his crew. Now faced with the terrifying realisation that he’s the only living soul on the dangerous and desolate planet, Watney must figure out how to survive long enough, on a planet where nothing grows, for mankind to send a rescue mission.
Based on the novel by Andy Weir, Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, World War Z) brings his skill for suspense to a story that celebrates the unwavering will of the human spirit to survive even when all the odds are stacked against you. Action, suspense, fear, beauty (in the form of Mars)… all key ingredients that make The Martian a complete roller coaster of emotion.
Ridley Scott brings together a perfectly enfused cast in the form of Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena and Sean Bean that help make The Martian one of the greatest space-exploration films of all time (that’s right, all time).
We all know Ridley Scott’s ability to deliver the most beautiful crafted stories in some of the harshest settings, but to bring a baron planet to life as he does, is nothing short it extraordinary, though with Matt Damon delivering arguably his best performance to date, it’s certainly no surprise – and The Martian is one that will surely be an awards season contender when the 2016 Oscars role around.