A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
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
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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 »
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 »
All right team, stay in sight of each other. Let's make NASA proud today.
How's it looking over there, 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.
Oh, wow. Did everybody hear that? Mark just discovered dirt.
Should we alert the media?
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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 »
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 »
Roasted, Mashed, Boiled, Sauteed? How'd you do your Potatoes?
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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