You’ll be excused if you initially mistake the latest promotional video for Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” for a commercial for a sports drink, because that’s exactly what it looks like.
Slickly produced (naturally), the video depicts Matt Damon’s astronaut Mark Watney in training for his Ares mission to Mars, accompanied by a voiceover spouting enough words motivational wisdom to fill a series of classroom posters. In other words, it’s perfect for what it is.
Based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, “The Martian” stars Damon as an astronaut who’s presumed dead during a mission to Mars and left behind by his crew. Struggling to survive with only meager supplies, Watney manages to get a signal to Earth, leading NASA to search for a way to bring “the Martian” home, even as his own crew hatches a daring — and seemingly impossible — rescue plan.
Opening Oct. 2, “The Martian” also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Sebastian Stan, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.
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