#MattDamon Knows Help Is Only 140 Million Miles Away in #TheMartian’s First Trailer

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…and he’s gonna “science the shit out of {it}”.

From Sir Ridley Scott, with a cast as impressive as this one boasts, it’s a safe bet that I will see The Martian, even if it were a live action version of Bugs Bunny’s nemesis Marvin the Martian’s life story.  Judging from the just released first trailer, it is not. What it does appear to be is a combination of both Gravity and Interstellar while managing to up the ante on them both.


Take a look at this:

While I’m on record as not being a proponent of 3D just for the sake of it, I believe a movie like this will probably benefit from every bit of technological wizardry that’s thrown at it. I’ll see it in IMAX 3D if it’s available.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

While Sir Ridley needs no introduction, The Martian is based on a best-selling (first) novel* by Andy Weir, and the screenplay was written by Drew Goddard, also responsible for the scripts for Cloverfield (and its upcoming sequel), The Cabin in the Woods, and World War Z, as well as a lot of episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Alias” and “Lost”. Oh yeah, and he created current Netflix hit “Daredevil”.

As he did with Prometheus, Scott has embraced the era of viral marketing. The first promo for The Martian has been released, called “Ares Farewell”. In it, Matt Damon’s Mark Watney “interviews” the crew of the Ares (which for some reason he calls the Hermes. I wonder if the ship’s name was changed?**) as they do their final pre-flight checks. It’s designed to be viewed on your computer or device screen and includes pop-up “tweets”. One of which, “Vogel (Aksel Hennie) has to be the #synthetic right…#AresLive”, is a brilliant reference to characters in Ridley Scott’s previous space films, Alien and Prometheus.

Besides Damon, the cast includes Jessica Chastain***, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Hennie, Donald Glover and Mackenzie Davis.

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The Martian opens all over this planet beginning with the US on November 25 and the UK on 27th November.

*Weir first published the book in blog form on his own site. When people asked for a downloadable form, he offered it on Amazon for Kindle download at the (then) minimum price of $0.99. Now that’s a self-publishing success story.
**Ares is the Greek God of war. Hermes is the Greek God of transitions and boundaries, as well as being a messenger and a protector and patron of travelers. He’s the equivalent of the Roman God Mercury. Both are typically depicted with wings on their heels and/or helmets. JMHO, but Hermes seems like a better name for the spacecraft taking a crew to Mars.
***Both Damon and Chastain appeared in Interstellar, but shared no scenes together.


Things I Missed on My Summer Vacation: Part 1 – Brad Pitt’s Fury

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Poster for David Ayer’s Fury with Brad Pitt

We finally have a trailer for writer/director David Ayer’s Fury with Brad Pitt as a tank commander called Wardaddy, who, along with his motley band that includes Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, and Ayer’s End of Watch star, Michael Pena, attempts to stave off Nazis during the waning days of WWII.

“Brad Pitt stars in this gritty, take-no-prisoners WWII tank action movie about a crew of American soldiers who embark on one last epic mission in the chaos of the war’s final days.”

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Here’s a clip with the first footage:

Int’l Trailer:

Official Trailer (Domestic – only difference is social media info at the end):

The film is described as a WWII movie, “the likes of which we haven’t seen before.” That may actually be true, as much of the action is set in and around one bad-ass tank called…Fury.

By the way, Jon Bernthal gets what may be one of the most colorful, bordering on offensive, character name I’ve heard in a long time. Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis is described as a “cunning, vicious and world-wise Arkansas native”. (Sounds like Grady Travis might be kin to Lt. Aldo Raine [Pitt – Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds] who was from an undisclosed location in the “goddamn” Smokey Mountains. “…we in the killin’ Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin’. “)  Fury is, of course, of a more serious bent but, doesn’t that tell you almost everything you need to know?

The rest of the cast includes Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, and Xavier Samuel.

The UK will get the flick on 24 October and the US on November 14, just days after Veteran’s Day, but more importantly at the vanguard of the awards season assault. Boo Yah!