I‘m likely in the minority when I admit that I didn’t love Andy Weir’s novel The Martian. I enjoyed the overall arc of the story, but the log entries (narrated first person by the obnoxious protagonist Mark Watney–played in the film by Matt Damon) drove me bonkers.
Despite this, while reading it, I kept thinking how this could be one of the few books that’d work better as a film… and apparently Ridley Scott thought so as well. If you’ve yet to read the novel, many have described it as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. It follows an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to problem-solve a way to survive and the subsequent attempt by his crew to rescue him.
Along with Damon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels. As I predicted, the film does look great. We’ll find out how great when it drops into theaters on November 25, 2015.