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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.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Drew Goddard (screenplay by), Andy Weir (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 188 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The "cloak-and-dagger" meeting to propose the Rich Purnell Manuever is dubbed Project Elrond after the Council of Elrond in the "Lord of the Rings" series. When this name is questioned, the first character to explain it is Henderson, played by Sean Bean. Bean played Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and was present during said council. See more »

Goofs

At various points in the movie, the "head up display" of Watneys space suit is shown, giving environmental and suit data on the atmospheric pressure and oxygen content.

There are two major problems with this:

The suit value is around 4.7 PSI and 21% oxygen. That gives a "Partial Pressure" for oxygen of only around one PSI, which is not sufficient to support life - the minimum for survival is around 2 PSI, with nearer 3 PSI to allow normal levels of exertion.

4.7 PSI is a standard for NASA, but at that pressure almost pure oxygen is used.

By comparison, the HAB pressure are shown as around 12.5 - 14 PSI with 21% oxygen, giving around 2.5 - 3 PSI oxygen, roughly "earth atmosphere" range.

This gives the second problem - dropping from 12.5 or 14 PSI to 4.7 PSI pressure requires a progressive decompression sequence each time, which takes over two hours by the NASA protocol. The astronaut must pre-breathe pure oxygen to purge nitrogen from the body for this time, plus a period of "vigorous exercise" at the start of each pre-breathing and decompression sequence.

Without this, the astronaut will get "the bends" due to nitrogen in the body tissues forming bubbles. 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

Disco music, which had been a running gag throughout the film, is played during the ending credits. Appropriately, the first song played is "I Will Survive," which features the lyric "And so you're back, from outer space." See more »

Alternate Versions

In June of 2016, an extended cut was released on Blu-Ray and Ultra HD 4K Blu-Ray that adds 10 additional minutes of footage. See more »


Soundtracks

Rock the Boat
Written by Wally Holmes (as Waldo T. Holmes)
Performed by The Hues Corporation
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Roasted, Mashed, Boiled, Sauteed? How'd you do your Potatoes?
18 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

If you've ever wondered if Tom Hanks went even further adrift in Castaway then this could be the answer you're looking for.

An Earth team are on Mars carrying out tests on the surface of The Red Planet, a message comes through from Earth warning of a huge and fast approaching storm. The team quickly assemble and flee, unfortunately Mark Watney is caught in the storm, loses his communication device and presumed dead. Watney has survived and has a harsh realism that he's abandoned on Mars with precious little supplies, no company and little chance of survival. Being 50 million miles away and 4 years away in terms of rescue life seems bleak. Watney has to defy the odds in order to survive.

Ridley Scott is responsible for so many wonderful films, and for many The Martian will sit among them.

This is a beautifully made film, it looks incredible, I love the realisation of Mars's surface, truly brilliant, wasn't going to be otherwise with the budget they had. The music is interesting, the score itself is quite subtle, but the tunes from Abba, Gloria Estefan etc are so random.

The pacing of the film is very cleverly done, never does it feel rushed, and on very few occasions does it feel slow or padded. If i'm honest at twenty minutes I was questioning how the film was possibly going to last over two hours.

Matt Damon shows his class, he carries the film on his shoulders, he gives a stellar performance as Mark, cannot be faulted. Some of the others in the film were a little hit and miss, I enjoyed Chiwetel Ejiofor very much. Jeff Daniels was fairly good. Kristen Wiig seemed an odd choice, but she was good too.

It was better then I expected, I enjoyed it a lot 8/10


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Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$108,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,308,575, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$228,433,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$630,161,890
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