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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.

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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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Help is only 140 million miles away See more »


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

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Budget:

$108,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,308,575 (USA) (2 October 2015)

Gross:

$228,430,993 (USA) (11 March 2016)
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Trivia

Watney likens cutting a hole in his suit glove to create a reaction control thruster to Iron Man (2008). Several of the actors in this film have starred in or are set to star in various Marvel adaptations: Sebastian Stan portrayed Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) at the time and later Captain America: Civil War (2016), Kate Mara portrayed Sue Storm/Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2015) and a deputy U.S. Marshal in Iron Man 2 (2010), Michael Peña portrayed Luis in Ant-Man (2015), Donald Glover is the voice of Miles Morales/Spider-Man on the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man (2012), and both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong later appeared in Doctor Strange (2016). See more »

Goofs

Mark Watney wants to record a video log for the first time after the movie opening. He sits down and starts typing his name and password. The letters appearing as he is typing them, however, do not match his hand and finger movements. It is rather a pre-recorded video sequence (or someone else is typing for him). Also, moments later when video starts, this isn't a live stream from the camera in front of Mark, it's a pre-recorded material, as is doesn't match the reality; Mark's hand is right above the keyboard, his wrap does cover the table a bit, and there are no maps in front of him. In the video recording shot, however, Mark's hand is at his chest and there are maps on the table. Not to mention that the camera angle doesn't match the video feed. 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.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Love Train
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) & Leon Huff
Performed by The O'Jays
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Smart, exciting crowd-pleaser
4 January 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Exceptional sci-fi drama from Ridley Scott about an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars and the efforts made to rescue him. As others have pointed out, there's more than a little bit here that reminds you of movies like Apollo 13 and Cast Away (particularly the former). I fail to see how that's a knock on it but it's being presented as such by some. We all come to movies with our own expectations and baggage. I'm not a Scott fanboy expecting him to wow me (his last two films were not great). I just wanted to be entertained and this did the trick. It's a movie aimed at the masses that is smarter than your average movie aimed at the masses. Maybe it's not for all nerds (a quick glance at some of the reviews shows a lot of inane nit-picking from people who seem to have no concept of dramatic license), but I didn't find the movie dumbed-down at all. I also want to say how much I appreciated that this managed to stay remarkably light and positive while still maintaining the tension, proving once again that you don't have to be depressing to be good drama. If you haven't seen The Martian yet, you should. It's a great film with a first-rate cast, good direction, and stellar effects. If you're just looking for a quality movie to entertain you for a while, this should be something you'll enjoy.


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