I’m not quite sure what, exactly, the new viral video based on Ridley Scott’s The Martian is all about. It could be a scene from the movie, or entirely original content made just for the movie’s viral marketing campaign. Either way, it’s pretty great, featuring testimonial interviews from Matt Damon’s Mark Watney, Jessica Chastain’s Melissa Lewis, Michael Pena’s Rick Martinez, and more crewmates from the mission that will fatefully leave Damon stranded all alone on Mars.
As a total sucker for supplemental character stuff, I think this video is really fun, offering some initial insight into who these folks are, and why we should be invested in them (for the record, Watney totally won my heart already, with his Aquaman musings). I don’t know what people not looking forward to The Martian will get from this bit, but for me it’s making the long wait til October feel just a little bit longer. So, mission accomplished!