The Martian

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Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.



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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. (C) Fox

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Matt Damon
as Mark Watney
Jessica Chastain
as Melissa Lewis
Kristen Wiig
as Annie Montrose
Jeff Daniels
as Teddy Sanders
Michael Peña
as Rick Martinez
Kate Mara
as Beth Johanssen
Sean Bean
as Mitch Henderson
Sebastian Stan
as Chris Beck
Aksel Hennie
as Alex Vogel
Donald Glover
as Rich Purnell
Mackenzie Davis
as Mindy Park
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Venkat Kapoor
Nick Mohammed
as Tim Grimes
Eddy Ko
as Guo Ming
Enzo Cilenti
as Mike Watkins
Jonathan Aris
as Brendan Hatch
Geoffrey Thomas
as U.S. President
Benedict Wong
as Bruce Ng
Brian Caspe
as Timer Controller
Szonja Oroszlán
as Launch Control
Mark O'Neal
as Guidance
Peter Linka
as Telemetry
Peter Schueller
as NASA Break Room Worker
Waleska Latorre
as Vincent's Secretary
Frederik Pleitgen
as CNN Reporter
Nikolett Barabas
as Reporter 1
Karen Gagnon
as Reporter 2
Lili Bordán
as Reporter 3
Charlie Gardner
as Robert Lewis
Nora Horich
as Vogel's Wife
Kamilla Fátyol
as Marissa Martinez
Xue Xuxing
as Ming's Secretary
Richard B. Rifkin
as JPL Store Man
Yang Liu
as Chinese Translator
Ben O'Brien
as JPL Pathfinder Team Member 1
Balazas Medveczky
as JPL White Room Worker 2
Scott Alexander Young
as JPL Pathfinder Team Member 2
Yang Haiwen
as Chinese Flight Director
Nicholas Wittman
as JPL Clean Room Worker 1
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  • Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift. Would any other actor have shouldered the weight of the role with such diligent grace?

    Dec 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's pretty sunny and often funny, a space oddity for a director not known for pictures with a sense of humor.

    Dec 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character's solo ordeal -- at one point, scraggly Watney calls himself a "space pirate" -- Damon is the key to the movie's exuberance.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a profound testament to the rare-and underrated-virtue of simply not screwing anything up.

    Oct 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Martian plays to both Scott's strengths and weaknesses. By relegating Mark's predicament to a purely survivalist scenario, he keeps things humming along without ever widening the horizon. But there was an obligation to widen the horizon.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It's a brisk, funny piece of competence-porn sci-fi.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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