It’s Matt Damon vs. Mars (and NASA) in the New Trailer for The Martian

The latest trailer for The Martian isn’t entirely new, but it builds on everything we’ve seen before… not unlike Mark Watney (Matt Damon) struggling to coax water and crops out of the unforgiving surface of Mars. (See what we did there?) Yet while the new trailer focus on Watney’s ordeal, we also get to learn more about the people on Earth who unwittingly left him behind and must decide if he’s worth the risk of going back for.

This trailer gives us a better sense of the politics at this fictionalized NASA from Andy Weir’s novel: NASA administrator Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels) isn’t sure that the high chance of losing the rest of the Ares 3 crew to send them back after him, while Ares 3 flight director Mitch Henderson argues for the value of even one human life—ironic, seeing as he’s played by Sean Bean.

Also, good use of “All Along the Watchtower,” probably as good as/maybe better than the last time it was used in a sci-fi context on Battlestar Galactica. Watch the trailer for yourself:

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