20th Century Fox unveiled a viral video for Ridley Scott's upcoming "Martian" sci-fi movie, showing Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) talking about his team's mission to Mars. Check it out below and watch the film in theaters on November 25th.
Plot: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
One of the trailers/teasers seem to indicate that crewpeople die, which isn't the case. No one dies.
And perhaps that's the danger with this movie: no real tension, because only one person is ever in danger, and that's Watney, but because he's the lead and the central, sole character, no one watching is going to think he'll die. So the main concern is how well will Scott protray Watney's hardship on Mars.
Definitely a lot like Robinson Crusoe, but far more technically-inclined and accompanied with many, many potatoes.
Oh, and then he builds a mobile home rover-crawler that very slowly takes him to a secondary rendevous point, but he encounters a very incremental dust storm that begins to drain his solar batteries while also slamming into a f*cking huge crater.
Good story, but you never think he'll die, which when compared to novels like Dark Winter, hurts the story's tension.