53rd NY Film Festival Adds September 27 Sneak Preview of Ridley Scott’s The Martian
By: Ellis Nassour
Ahead of its October 2 theatrical release, Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the presentation of a Special Event sneak preview of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller The Martian (20th Century Fox), in RealD 3D, on September 27 at 9 P.M. in Alice Tully Hall. The film stars Oscar winner Matt Damon, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help), The director and cast members will participate in a Q&A.
The adaptation by Drew Goddard (TV’s Lost, Alias) is based on Andy Weir’s bestseller. Scott, evidently, feels quite comfortable in outer s
pace. This is third film set in orbit (with Prometheus, Alien – not to mention the futuristic cult classic Blade Runner). It’s described as "a gripping drama of survival infused with warmth and humor."
As ever with Scott, the filmmaking is dynamic, the visuals spectacular, and the cast note-perfect. Anchored by what is being hailed as another winning performance from Damon, this is what-if, problem-solving drama at its absolute finest.
Damon plays astronaut/botanist Mark Watney, stranded and left for dead when a lethal sandstorm forces his crewmates to cut their mission to Mars short with an emergency liftoff. Alone on the hostile planet, with freezing temperature, a poisonous atmosphere, lack of pressure and 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’s alive – even though there’s the realization that any rescue could be years away.
As he awaits rescue, former crew members in space (led by Chastain) pull out all the stops to bring him home. On Earth with a NASA team – headlined by Golden Globe nominee Jeff Daniels, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Emmy nominee Kate Mara (House of Cards; co-star of in-release Captive), Oscar nominee (screenplay) Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean (The Frankenstein Chronicles), and Donald Glover (TVs Community) work intensely with the same purpose in mind.
The Martian boasts spectacular cinematographer by Dariusz Wolski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise; Prometheus). Production design is by Oscar nominee Arthur Max (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Prometheus). The score is by GG and Grammy nominee Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia…; Shrek franchise).
Tickets are on sale now: $25; FSLC members, seniors, and students $20. Purchase at Alice Tully Hall box office or www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015.
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