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The Martian (2015)

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An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

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Ridley Scott

Writers:

Drew Goddard (screenplay by), Andy Weir (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 185 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Mark Watney
Jessica Chastain ... Melissa Lewis
Kristen Wiig ... Annie Montrose
Jeff Daniels ... Teddy Sanders
Michael Peña ... Rick Martinez
Sean Bean ... Mitch Henderson
Kate Mara ... Beth Johanssen
Sebastian Stan ... Chris Beck
Aksel Hennie ... Alex Vogel
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Vincent Kapoor
Benedict Wong ... Bruce Ng
Mackenzie Davis ... Mindy Park
Donald Glover ... Rich Purnell
Nick Mohammed ... Tim Grimes
Shu Chen ... Zhu Tao
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Storyline

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Help is only 140 million miles away See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity. | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Martian 3D See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$108,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,308,575, 4 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$228,433,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$629,281,283
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

NASA estimates a trip to Mars would take about six to eight months with current space travel technology. In The Martian, Watney and the rest of the crew use the fictional Hermes spacecraft to reach the red planet. Hermes is "the most complex and expensive object ever built," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says in a promotional video for the film. On a real trip to Mars, we'll have to worry about the astronauts losing muscle mass and bone density while spending so much time in a micro-gravity environment. Space is also filled with dangerous cosmic radiation that can rip through a human's very DNA. See more »

Goofs

When Watney first wakes up alone on Mars, just as he cuts himself free of the antenna cable, a reflection of someone in a spacesuit can be seen very clearly in his visor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melissa Lewis: All right team, stay in sight of each other. Let's make NASA proud today.
Rick Martinez: How's it looking over there, Watney?
Mark Watney: Well, you will be happy to hear that in Grid Section 14-28, the particles were predominately coarse but in 29, they're much finer and they should be ideal for chem analysis.
Rick Martinez: Oh, wow. Did everybody hear that? Mark just discovered dirt.
[laughs]
Rick Martinez: Should we alert the media?
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Crazy Credits

During the first half of the ending credits, the names of the cast members (with the exception of Matt Damon) corresponds with their character in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2016 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 1 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Leave Me This Way
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert (as Cary Grant Gilbert)
Performed by Thelma Houston
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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My favourite movie of the last decade
5 March 2016 | by Rose-WarrenSee all my reviews

I am genuinely amazed at the number of bad reviews there are on here for The Martian. Now I never read the book, but I absolutely LOVED the film. So much so, I watched it twice within a week. It has been such a long time since I have been left with that wonderful sense of satisfaction after investing two hours in a really good movie, and this did it 100%

I am usually left highly disappointed after watching this genre of film, so I wasn't expecting much. Something like Gravity I thought, great special affects, dramatic scenes, and an average storyline, but The Martian was a whole different calibre of film and was perfectly constructed from start to finish.

I was instantly thrown in to a scene where astronaut Mark Watney and his crew are setting about their mission on Mars. But the sh*t hits the fan about ten minutes in where a storm causes Watney to be thrown from the crew and left for dead. There was no long lingering introduction to the film and its characters, just instant drama and character development. This forcibly got me caring for the entire crew, and got me emotionally invested until the end.

Matt Damon has always been good at what he does, but I felt he hadn't really shown off his true raw talent since Good Will Hunting back in 1997. Well he did in this. He was captivating in every single scene, and managed to do what Tom Hanks achieved in Cast Away and single handedly gripped the viewers' attention completely (with the help of a beautifully crafted script). Another reviewer got it bang on when they described it as Apollo 13 meets Castaway. The exact comparison I too had made and a combination, which works superbly.

The makers of this film put so much effort in to making it scientifically accurate which made it all the more pleasurable to watch. There was nothing far-fetched or stupid like in a lot of films of the same genre, and the combination of this, with a solid plot made for a truly interesting, exciting and enjoyable film.

There was drama, great effects, humour, heartwarming moments, a great soundtrack and a flawless screenplay. If you only see one movie this year, make it this one. An absolute must see.


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