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


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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  • Mar 31, 2017
    Almost zany in its attempt to deliver a castaway story on Mars, its meandering tone and pace are refreshing in such a serious, heady genre and is probably the happiest film about space (are there really any happy films about space?), particularly being lost in space. The cheesy disco soundtrack helps fuel this slightly lighthearted feeling throughout and is also bolstered by the cameo of Kristen Wiig, mostly known for her dry and darkly comic roles and proves once again that she can lighten up the bleakest of films. The Martian is not a comedy, but nor is it a thriller. It's a genuinely brilliant story, however. Matt Damon's brilliant performance grounds the film throughout and is constant, committed and extremely well executed. Damon doesn't seem to take the role too seriously and this is a good thing, however is performance is undeniably believable. Jessica Chastain is also a perfect compliment to Damon's presence, providing a cosmic yin yang chemistry. Ridley uses his dreamily effervescent and textured perspective to deliver a film that is great, if a tad overlong in places. Definitely worth a watch.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2016
    eNTERTAINING, bUt SO underwhelming compared to the book.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2016
    space disaster on the scale of apollo 13 yet totally fictional which allows it mobility of direction, not having to follow a strict and true narrative. however it still holds a grounded footing in its avid depiction of the applications of science and technology. it's certainly the most interesting role matt damon has had himself since the likes of dogma or perhaps good will hunting. its disco soundtrack brings lightness to the darkest moments aiding audience engagement, and its realism in the discovery (SPOILER ALERT) of the pathfinder probe, in the not too distant but specifically updated future, and the recognition of all too probable chinese domination of tech. in those years... result in a full blown marriage of viewer to ridley scotts 2nd great movie, after alien of course. a decent supporting cast, and constant flashbacks to earth, as well as of the rest of the crews ship on its manouveres only greases the flow of the thing.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2016
    The Martian was so great! I loved every minute of it! Let me explain what I loved. Positives: 1. The characters; this film has a humongous cast so I'm going to list the stand outs, well for me anyway. Matt Damon was mesmerizing in this movie. He was entertaining, he added a lot of humanity to his character and when there are scenes where he is sad as well as going through some difficult situations, you feel it. Chiwetel Ejiofor was awesome! He is very likable and you are on his side when he tries desperately to get Mark Watney off Mars. Jeff Daniels was great as well as the rest of the cast. Everyone did a great job! 2. The tone; this film is pretty funny actually. The jokes are well written and it helps to keep you enlightened. But then there are times where things go down and its very intense and heartfelt, this film manages to balance both tones very well. This film had a danger of being too sappy but they nailed the tone well! 3. The visuals; this film is shot very well. The scenes at Mars are breathtaking as well as kind of scary too because of what Mark Watney is going through. The CGI is handled well, even though it is kind of obvious that it is CGI however the film had me invested so much that I didn't care. Overall: The Martian is absolutely awesome! Ridley Scott directed this film very well, Matt Damon pulls off one of his best performances in years and if you haven't seen The Martian, you definitely need to check it out. I love this movie, one of the best sci-fi films in years.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer

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