‘The Martian’ Viral Video: Matt Damon Ponders Life’s Big Mysteries, You Know, Like Aquaman
The more we see of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, the more promising the film looks. Before the official trailer hit, 20th Century Fox released a viral video from the archives of the fictional Ares 3 spacecraft. A second viral video from the archives has arrived online, just as humorous and insightful — if not more so — than the first.
In the new video, the crew members have just emerged from being isolated for 10 days as part of their training. It foreshadows the lengthy isolation period Matt Damon’s astronaut Mark Watney endures when he’s stranded on Mars in the actual film, of course. There’s lots of humor on display here, as each person is asked what they did with their time or if they discovered any particular fears.
Damon spent his time considering some of life’s most important questions, like why is it that Aquaman can control whales? I particularly love when Jessica Chastain’s character is asked if she feels any added pressure, being the first female commander of a mission — the look on her face is priceless as she’s asked a question so many women have to put up with in interviews, while their male counterparts are asked the more interesting stuff.
Also great is Aksel Hennie’s character, who has no fears to declare because he’s German. Duh.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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.