After an accident on a mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. But it turns out he’s still alive — the only problem being that he’s alone on a strange planet with limited supplies and no way to get home. The film follows Watney’s creative endeavors to survive, his crew’s mission to rescue him, and NASA’s efforts from the ground. While we feel that this film looks like certain other space movies (and even reuses some of the cast from Interstellar), we don’t really care; it looks exciting and refreshingly funny for the usually-serious genre.

The Martian opens in wide release Oct. 2.

PAIGE: This looks like Gravity: Now Space Isolation is Fun and Not Terrifying or Interstellar: This Time, We’re Not Taking This Space Stuff So Seriously. That is not a bad thing! It looks like it’ll be fun without being overly self-important or full of despair.

JAMES: I really want to see this. I’m a fan of Ridley Scott’s science-fiction films. Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus. I love that stuff.

CHRISTINA: It does look like something of a composite of other space movies. It’s like they shot this during breaks of working on Interstellar and Fantastic Four because they had Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara doing space things already. But I totally want to see it.

NICOLE: I think I’m excited for this only because I recently re-watched 30 Rock, and I love Matt Damon as Carol. He went from a pilot to a space man. I love it.

PAIGE: This is actually a pretty star-studded cast list, even if Matt Damon does get top billing and probably the most face time. I don’t know how I feel about his character here.

He seems he could be irritatingly cocky, but also just enough that I will find his “I’m gonna science the sh** out of this” attitude endearing.

CHRISTINA: Is this going to be the first-ever serious role for Kristen Wiig? That should be interesting. And Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara are both everywhere lately. I don’t usually feel one way or the other about Matt Damon, but he does look completely endearing here.

JAIMIE: I could do without Kate Mara. Maybe they could leave her on Mars?

NICOLE: “I’m still alive. Surprise …” HA! “I am the greatest botanist on this planet.” I love this humor.

JAMES: I kind of wish that they had chosen a more unconventional actor for the lead. I know long stretches of the movie consist of solitary scenes — sans dialogue — with Matt Damon doing a lot of heavy lifting in terms of keeping things interesting. But imagine Steve Buscemi delivering the line, “I am going to have to science the sh** out of this.”

CHRISTINA: I like to imagine Steve Buscemi delivering all the lines of all movies.

NICOLE: I’m not surprised that this is one of those movies where one person doesn’t want to save the one man because it risks the livelihood of the majority/to cover his/her own behind. Blah blah blah. I knew this would happen.

CHRISTINA: I read that they showed this film to the astronauts on the International Space Station who are on the NASA Journey to Mars. Why would they want to watch that? It’s like watching the first 10 minutes of Final Destination on an airplane.