Matt Damon Fights For His Life On Mars In First Trailer For ‘The Martian’

Legendary director Ridley Scott appears to have another hit with the upcoming science-fiction film, The Martian. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) is the writer behind the project, which stars an impressive list of actors, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara and Jeff Daniels.

The Martian is based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and those who have read the book describe it as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. That probably got your attention, right?

The first trailer for the movie shows Matt Damon as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist and mechanical engineer, who gets stranded on Mars after his crew is forced to leave the planet due to a dust storm with dangerously high winds.

Damon’s character notes in the trailer that it would take “four years for another manned mission to reach me, so in the face of overwhelming odds I’m left with only one option: I’m gonna have to science the sh-t out of this.”

You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below. The film hits theaters October 2, 2015. You will not want to miss this one.

“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and is 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.”

 

Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To (2014) – Carrey and Daniels almost pull it off despite a Horrible Script

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Before I get started on this review, I should state I’m not one of those uptight people who hated the original Dumb and Dumber. I’ve been known to enjoy my share of crude humor. The original, that came out more than 2 decades ago was great, while this one was just a little…sad.

In their heyday, the Farelly Brothers turned moronic humor into something almost graceful. They slapped the romantic comedy genre in the face with “There’s Something About Mary”. They made the absurd enjoyable in “Stuck on You.” They made the common cold interesting with “Osmosis Jones.” In the 90s, everything those brothers touched turned to gold. Then, they released Fever Pitch and it all went downhill from there.

In this rendition, we again meet Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) as they prepare for another road trip. This time around, Harry is desperately in need of a kidney transplant. You ever heard that saying, “about as funny as a heart attack”? Yeah, replace “heart attack” with “kidney transplant” and you’ll feel the same way. Anyway, lucky for Harry, it turns out he has a lost love child. Luckily for Lloyd, that lost love child is a hottie. So they hit the road to find her. Of course, that’s not all there is to it. A murderer who’s in league with her adoptive mom is also hunting for Harry’s lost love child.

The script could have used a few more drafts. This is not the crisp clever storytelling of the Farelly Brothers we’ve grown accustomed to. Instead, it’s filled with contrived coincidences and forced plot lines that make the movie confusing and hard to follow. It seems strange, but it’s almost as if the Farrelly’s have unlearned anything they knew about staging and script composition.

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Or maybe they outsourced the script to someone who never saw the original and spoke English as a second language?

I must give both Carrey and Daniels props for their excellent job. With a better script, they might have pulled this movie off. They haven’t lost any of the sparkle they had twenty years ago and both seamlessly slipped into their characters as though they’d just stopped filming Dumb and Dumber a few months ago. These two carried the movie.

The problem was that most of the jokes fell flat. Some jokes you could see coming miles away, while others made you barely let out a chuckle. The surprise ending is just as obvious and really should come as no surprise if you’re familiar with the characters. While it does have its sweet moments, for the most part the movie just falls flat.

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I’d say the best part comes at the end, when an announcement for Dumb and Dumber For is put out, with a release date of 2034.

All in all, this movie is just funny enough to make you realize how much better it could have been if real work was done on the script. In the first movie, the coincidences were clever and there was an actual exciting thriller element. In this one, it seems a little recycled.

It’s not terrible. It’s just not that great. If you’re a die hard Farelly brothers fan, then this movie might be worth the watch. Otherwise, I’d just wait another 20 years for the third sequel.

WE GAVE IT : 3 STARS!  Watch the Official Trailer and See the Official Movie Poster below

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