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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When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

Cast & Crew

Matt Damon
Mark Watney
Jessica Chastain
Melissa Lewis
Kristen Wiig
Annie Montrose
Jeff Daniels
Teddy Sanders
Michael Peña
Rick Martinez
Kate Mara
Beth Johanssen
Sean Bean
Mitch Henderson
Aksel Hennie
Alex Vogel
Donald Glover
Rich Purnell
Drew Goddard
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Drew Goddard
Executive Producer
Dariusz Wolski
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Pietro Scalia
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Critic Reviews for The Martian

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  • I have no idea if the science in The Martian is accurate. It sure felt accurate, which is all that matters in a way. On top of being wildly entertaining, the film is about using your wits to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

    June 12, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    December 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.

    December 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.

    November 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.

    October 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • We are so used to sci-fi movies in which the heroes shoot martians with ray guns that Scott's botanical approach can't help but seem offbeat and refreshing.

    October 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Martian

  • 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.
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  • 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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