Contest: Chicago, see Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s The Martian early and for free

Satiating his love for playing astronauts stranded on barren planets, Matt Damon stars in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, based on the bestselling novel from Andy Weir. When he’s accidentally left for dead on Mars, astronaut/botanist/mechanical engineer Mark Watney must put his myriad skills to the test as he struggles to survive in an inhospitable environment. But this is hardly a solo mission: Damon is joined by a massive cast, with Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara in the rescue crew, and Jeff Daniels, Kritsen Wiig, and Chiwetel Ejiofor among the many NASA employees back on Earth. We caught the film last week at TIFF and called it “a corny but genuinely rousing ode to both NASA and science in general.” The Martian opens nationwide on October 2, but The A.V. Club and 20th Century Fox have an opportunity for you to see it for free on …

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