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Ridley Scott On ‘The Martian’ And Why ‘Star Wars’ And ‘2001’ Sent Him To Space With ‘Alien'

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It has been nearly a decade since Ridley Scott had a film here at the Toronto International Film Festival, but his return with The Martian has been met with the best reviews a film at this festival has gotten so far. A near fatal storm and accident results in botanist Mark Watney [Matt Damon] left for dead during a manned Mars expedition. The drama based on Andy Weir’s novel becomes an exercise in ingenuity and problem solving as NASA tries to keep him alive for the years it will take to rescue him. Watney becomes a futuristic Robinson Crusoe, using his science background to grow food on the planet’s flat barren surface. It gives Scott an opportunity to visually create another universe, a signature of his work ranging from Alien to Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, American Gangster, Kingdom of Heaven and most recently Exodus: Gods And Kings.

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level 3601864d ago

Bloody great interview! Love your work. Also R.I.P. to H.R. Giger.