It's a pretty simple piece, but getting the pacing right is going to be critical. I think they'll have to cut out much of the technical detail.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney 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. Based on a best-selling novel.
starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), directed by Sir Ridley Scott. Release date is Oct 1st 2015 in North America. They put up a 3 minute video today similar to some of the prometheus promo videos. The movie is based on the bestseller book by Andy Weir (its NOT based on Kim Robinson's Mars trilogy).
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Considering Scott's recent track record, the martian will probably be carried back to earth by angels or something...
Good trailer but goddammit just keep it hard scifi.
The Martian is a masterpeice of a book. I hope this is done right but who knows
Araysar confirmed Commie:
Originally Posted by Araysar
That trailer was great! So hyped, too hyped.
Apolo 13 crossed with Cast Away. I'll see it.
Looks alright I guess. Not getting the whole super hype but we'll see.
Theres something about Matt Damon that kills movies for me. I dont feel like I'm watching the character Damon is playing stuck in space. I feel like I'm watching the actor Matt Damon stuck in space.
Wow, I had no idea this even became a successful book, let alone a movie. Read the story when it was just on the guys website (pretty sure someone linked it on FoH, actually) and loved it, so I'm hyped now that I know it's a movie.
How's Sean Bean gonna die in this one?
Trailer got me amped.
Also, what the hell did they do to my favorite character (aside form Watney) Venkat Kapoor? They really couldn't find an Indian guy to play him?
I have not read the book. The trailer looks "ok".
The best part about an interesting looking movie coming out based on a book people speak well of is that I can just go get the book and enjoy it now.
Here are the original postings of the story if anyone wants to read it at work like I did a few years ago when it was originally linked here: http://web.archive.org/web/201209190...m/writing.html
Anyone know if anything was changed in the book from the original story?
Absolutely loved this book, and am excited for the movie even with Matt Damon. He's not bad or anything, he just doesn't really thrill me as an actor.
Matt Damon isn't enough to ruin it or anything. We all loved Rounders right? I thought he did well in True Grit too. Yeah, I get the complaints, he kinda seems the same in many roles, but he doesn't really break your immersion either IMO.
looks really good. Never heard of the book before this, going to have to hit the bookstore tomorrow.
Loved the book, can't wait for the movie, but not a fan of the Damon casting as the main character. However, since I can't come up with a good actor for that role, I won't complain too much.
Damn, that looks like some good shit. I'm on the hype train!
Don't get the Damon hate. He can play the role perfect imo. He's kinda played the smartass before. I hope they don't cut some of my favorite lines from the book so as not to offend anyone. Gay probe.
Originally Posted by Noodleface
I'm like an hour into the audio book and I can see why so many of you really like it.
Something this sciencey translated into a motion picture? Probably going to be terrible.
Hating on Matt Damon, wtf. He should be the least of your guys concerns. This has an All-Star cast in it. The acting shouldn't be a concern at all.
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I was hoping he would be some sort of Manhunter.
Only one person said Matt Damon might ruin it for them. Another agreed that he sort of just always plays Matt Damon, and I said he's not bad, he just doesn't thrill me. So there isn't really a lot of Matt Damon "hate" going on, more like a couple of "meh."
I understand some of the Matt Damon hate because he's been getting a little of the De Niro effect lately where it seems he plays matt damn more than a role. But he's done excellent character acting in True Grit and The Informant where he shows really good range.
His character drug down Interstellar pretty hard but that had nothing to do with his performance.
Can't wait, and aside from Matt Damon (whom I really like anyway), that cast is positively dripping with talent.
Great now you made me buy the book.
I remember reading it back when it was linked on FoH as a series of chapters on a webpage. It was a very good read. Like Wool was a very good read.
I think the movie will be ok. But it will be him just MacGuyvering the shit out of everything. Since that's basically the story. The book will still be better, as is so often the case.
I never got the book. I didn't even know he'd published in a not internet format. The discussion pages were critical to the enjoyment of that whole thing though. There was some really interesting shit on that webpage, from what I remember. I do remember some science nerds would comment, "Neat idea, but that wouldn't actually work because xzy" or "Hey yeah, that would probably actually halfass work". I wonder if he took that and edited around it when he published. Because really, it was more a novella than a book.
I think they forgot to leave anything out of the trailer.
Well they didn't show when they rescue him, so there's that to look forward to.
It's Ridley Scott so I'll watch it. The only thing to consider is whether to watch it in the theater or wait for the directors cut.
Did the director's cut of Prometheus turn out good? I haven't seen it.
The audiobook is really good if you prefer those over reading.
I think the main issue with Matt Damon is just he is getting overused. I think if you look at each of his parts in a vacuum (ha!) they are all well done. But just about every actor has their own little signature style that, when seen over and over again it can start to feel like someone is just playing themselves over and over. Usually the actors that are great at disappearing into a role aren't leading men and are more of character actors. There are of course exceptions, but I think Damon is suffering from overuse more than anything.
Mcconaughey in car commercials and interstellar?
They should be using tom hanks in all these with varying degrees of retardation
He has to bring Wilson with him.
Latest Ridley Scott movies have nice casting and production, yet they're kinda bad to very bad quality wise, since American Gangster we had mediocre-to-shit-tier quality range with Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor and Exodus. Since I'm a fan of his works I'd like The Martian to be a nice hit.
Having not read the book (and joining the legions about to pick it up on Audible) I kinda wish the trailer ended at the transmission 'can you see this' or whatever and then cut to the title card.
Otherwise looks great.
I like 2001 just fine and I'm about halfway through The Martian and I like it just fine as well.
If the movie comes out like the book I'll be surprised. I'm expecting it to end up closer to Promethus than to 2001.
2001, the number of milliseconds it takes for me to fall asleep once that movie starts.
Much like Edge of Tomorrow, the trailer finally got me off my ass to read the actual book.
I thought the book was great (on the higher-end of Scalzi) and the trailer is pretty faithful (then again, virtually everything that was wrong with Interstellar was in the stuff they didn't keep from the original screenplay). Judging from the deceptive wife-and-kid shot, they even keep the bits for the rest of the crew.
Forget Matt Damon, Kate Mara has the same shitty no-emotion face in everything I've seen her in.
I'm going to take a guess and say that the movie will be heavier on the psychology and lighter on the science than the book- but be otherwise pretty faithful.
Other than making Venkat Nigerian instead of Indian (for some reason).
i did like the mcguyver stuff in apollo 13, i liked this trailer, cept for the for that fucking eeeeeeeeeeew sound effect thats in every trailer now since Inception. question and hopefully an answer without spoiler. so damon mcguyvers the martian base, gets that distress signal out and then just chills out for 4 years for the rescue mission? i was hoping he would mcguyver a ship to get himself home.
That's my biggest worry.That's the hard sci-fi stuff that made the book amazing and it's exactly the sort of stuff hollywood cuts out for "broader appeal". I'd watch three hours of that shit. People who read the novel would lap it up. But Tiffany and her boo Darnell would whip out their phones start texting halfway through a scene like that.Spoiler:
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if anything goes wrong, no-emotion is likely the right vibe.Spoiler:
And I'm sure they will cut some of the tech out, but it looks like NASA will be pointing the rover in the direction of yes/no notes, which is still pretty damn nerdy for a big budget movie.
I read the book a month ago(because of this thread). It was a really awesome, quick read. Looking forward to the movie.
"Tell the world, tell my family that I'm never going to stop fighting to make it home"
That line in the trailer.. that isn't in the book is it? I don't recall it.. Doesn't sound like something he would say..
I doubt it. He's not very dramatic in the book. Just a wise ass.
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That trailer made me make a mess in my pants.
Just saw this. I'm going to read the book this week.
Book was great. Can't wait for the movie.
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I'll go and see this opening night. I didn't even know this movie existed until about a week ago. Thanks Rerolled!
Picked up the book last week as a friend recommended i read it as well as this forums responses to it. Finished it last night. Awesome book, really good pacing, love the science stuff in it. Not sure how they will be translating all that to the movie though, so that worries me. They will need to have Matt Damon narration or something (like The Wonder Years) otherwise so much stuff will be missed. Of course also need to keep in his humor, i literally laughed out loud at 95% of his jokes/wise cracks while reading this book.
Really looking forward to the movie, and if it sucks, hey, i read an awesome book
i don't read books, not my thing, waiting on the movie, happened on this interview,
For this movie, I'm going to see the movie first and then the book second for once.
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That was an enjoyable read that became a relentless page-turner for the last 80 pages. Damn good book, can't wait for the movie.
And I definitely read all the Watney parts in Matt Damon's voice from Good Will Hunting. Fits pretty much dead on.
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What the... what are RT's criteria for being recognized as a critic instead of an audience reviewer? That LWL site is just a couple snarky fags with a wordpress page.
Saw a screening tonight. I hope there's a nerdier/extended cut when it's released on Blu-Ray/digital. Enjoyed it but missed a lot of the charm that comes from how the book unfolds and the verbose detail and thought process behind some of the things that happen.
I can't blame them, the details and descriptions work well in a book but all that internal dialogue and thought process doesn't translate to a movie very well unless you use way too much narration and pointless exposition.
I agree, was just something I was hoping they could pull off with some good narration, instead you get to watch him do stuff and they skip over things like (book spoilers, naturally):
In the end, it's just the 'read the book effect' imo. Rarely have been one of those people who've read the book (superhero movies don't count) and then seen the movie.
Will probably start listening to this again on Audible though and check it out again when it's released
The 3D was good, even from the front row, heh. The screening had 80+ press and invited guests before us gofobo.com freeloiaders could be let in.
thoughts and reviews for ppl who didn't/won't read the book plz.
It's a good methodical problem-solving movie that's nice to look at pretty much at all times and with a great cast. I'd need to see it again to get a better feel for pacing and stuff, but I enjoyed it a lot.
This article To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Ticket To The Martian - CINEMABLEND seems to confirm meStevo's opion that 3D is worth if for this movie, so taking the plunge and got tickets for Thursday night. Fortunately this awesome theater is only $10 for an evening 3D ticket, so it isn't a big cost increase like a lot of others.
Loved the book, here is hoping I love the movie.
The theater we got tickets in only offers it in 3D, so that's good to hear. We are going Friday night.
Thanks Vvoid, always seems like a toss up on if the 3d is good or not in new movies.
Originally Posted by Noodleface
Going to go again Friday, doesn't seem to be getting a lot of early ticket sales at my goto theater (can see all the reserved seats online)
I saw this movie tonight at a free screening, absolutely loved it. 9/10 for me, my second favorite movie of the year after Mad Max. Awesome "science-y" and nerd movie, but doesn't get bogged down in star trek technobabble. It corrects what I hated in Interstellar and Prometheus, which was scientists doing stupid shit for plot reasons. The scientists in this movie are scientists and smart, finally.
wife has read the book but I haven't, she also liked it and really recommended I read the book asap, which I will.
The screening was in 3D but honestly I'd just recommend normal 2D, nothing really special in 3D and it was a bit distracting in a few scenes. The cinematography is insane and really makes it worthwhile to watch in a theater, although I'd be interested in any eventual UHD 4k bluray versions.
After the shit movies Ridley Scott has pumped out recently like Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus this movie redeems him a little for me, and I have faint hopes for Prometheus 2 & 3. Not much, but faint.
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