Must Watch: Second Trailer for ‘The Martian’


With the start of school happening in many parts of the country this week, it’s safe to say the end of summer is in sight. For some, this may be a bummer, but every true cinephile knows the best time to be a fan of film is the fall and winter seasons. That’s when every major studio tucks away their destruction porn tentpoles and delivers their best award-nomination hopefuls to the world at large. The potential for something truly great to be released is higher with each passing week, and this morning we got a second look at what will surely be one of the fall’s most talked about features.

Ridley Scott has been the king of cinema space travel for almost half a century, and he’s returning to the stars once more for his latest feature. The Martian stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after unexpectedly surviving a storm that forced his fellow team members to leave him behind. He has shelter and food, but only enough to last for a limited amount of time. He has months, maybe, but he needs years.

As we see in the latest trailer, Damon eventually makes contact with Earth, which is populated by a smorgasbord of recognizable talent. The team at NASA begin planning a rescue mission, but it will take at least four years for them to reach the red planet, so Damon must take it upon himself to ensure his survival. You can find out what happens next by watching the trailer below.

Though I think the footage in this clip is great, the three-minute runtime brings us dangerously close to seeing too much. I don’t need to know what happens beyond Damon deciding he must fight for survival, but here we learn of many twists and turns he will encounter along the way. That’s fine, but if 20th Century Fox reveals anything more I think a lot of the tension established by this promotional campaign will be diminished. Do you agree? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

The Martian opens November 25.


James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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