Film preview: The Martian (12A)

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The early reviews for Alien, Prometheus and Gladiator director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure have been glowing – with even talk of some potential Oscar nods, too.

And that’s not exactly a surprise, as there has been a buzz in film circles for months about this flick – that has utilised 3D – as Matt Damon’s astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars.

During a manned mission to the Red Planet, Watney is presumed dead and left behind by his crew after a fierce storm, but now with only a month’s worth of supplies he must try and survive on the hostile planet for up to four years until the next mission – especially if he can’t get a signal back to Earth that he is alive.

And if he does, to what lengths will his colleagues and the powers-that-be go to get him back – with potentially billions of pounds at stake to do so.

An all-star cast, including Damon’s Interstellar co-star Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Michael Pena (Ant-Man), Kate Mara (Fantastic Four), Jeff Daniels (Speed) and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), all join Scott’s ride.