The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The Martian, a novel by Andy Weir, served as the screenplay adapted by Drew Goddard. The film depicts an astronaut’s (Matt Damon’s) lone struggle to survive on Mars after being left behind, and efforts to rescue him and bring him home to Earth. It also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
- Starring : Matt Damon / Jessica Chastain
- Genre : Adventure / Drama / Sci-Fi
- Country : United Kingdom / United States / Hungary
- Language : English / Mandarin
- Director : Ridley Scott
- Production : Twentieth Century Fox / TSG Entertainment / Scott Free Productions / Genre Films / International Traders / Kinberg Genre / Mid Atlantic Films
- Distributor : 20th Century Fox Argentina / 20th Century Fox / Big Picture 2 Films / Cocinsa / Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. / Odeon / SF Film Finland / Twentieth Century Fox / Warner Bros. F.E. / Warner Bros. / Westec Media Limited / 20th Century Fox Entertainment / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Film1 / Fox-Paramount Home Entertainment / Hotstar / KVH Media Group / Net5 / Sub
The Martian movie
The Martian release date
- September 11, 2015 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 24, 2015 : UK (London) (premiere)
- September 27, 2015 : USA (New York Film Festival)
- September 30, 2015 : Australia
- September 30, 2015 : UK
- September 30, 2015 : Ireland
- September 30, 2015 : Philippines
- October 1, 2015 : Israel
- October 1, 2015 : Singapore
- October 2, 2015 : Canada
- October 2, 2015 : India
- October 2, 2015 : Sweden
- October 2, 2015 : USA
- October 8, 2015 : United Arab Emirates
- October 8, 2015 : Germany
- October 16, 2015 : Spain
- October 21, 2015 : France
- February 5, 2016 : Japan
- October 29, 2016 : Japan (Tokyo International Film Festival)
The Martian cast
- 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
- Sean Bean as Mitch Henderson
- Kate Mara as Beth Johanssen
- Sebastian Stan as Chris Beck
- Aksel Hennie as Alex Vogel
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Vincent Kapoor
- Benedict Wong as Bruce Ng
- Mackenzie Davis as Mindy Park
- Donald Glover as Rich Purnell
- Nick Mohammed as Tim Grimes
- Shu Chen as Zhu Tao
Produced through 20th Century Fox, the film is a co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom. Producer Simon Kinberg began developing the film after Fox optioned the novel in March 2013, which Drew Goddard adapted into a screenplay and was initially attached to direct, but the film did not move forward. Scott replaced Goddard, and with Damon in place as the main character, production was approved. Filming began in November 2014 and lasted approximately seventy days. Twenty sets were built on one of the largest sound stages in the world in Budapest, Hungary. Wadi Rum in Jordan was also used for exterior filming.
The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2015, while the London premiere was held on September 24, 2015. The film was released in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2015, and in the United States on October 2, 2015, in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX. It received positive reviews and grossed over $630 million worldwide, becoming Scott’s highest-grossing film to date, as well as the 10th-highest-grossing film of 2015. It received several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, seven nominations at the 88th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Goddard, and the 2016 long form Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Damon won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated for several awards including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor.
In 2035, the crew of the Ares III mission to Mars is exploring Acidalia Planitia on Martian solar day (sol) 18 of their 31-sol expedition. A strong dust storm threatens to topple their Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), forcing them to abort the mission. During the evacuation, astronaut Mark Watney is struck by debris and lost in the storm, and telemetry from his suit’s biomonitor is damaged and stops. With Watney believed dead, the storm worsening by the second, and the MAV on the verge of toppling, mission commander Melissa Lewis orders the crew to take off and return to their orbiting vessel, the Hermes.
Watney awakens after the storm to a low-oxygen warning and returns to the crew’s surface habitat (“Hab”). Performing self-surgery, he removes from his abdomen the debris that destroyed his biomonitor. He begins a video diary. Lacking communications with Earth, his only chance of rescue is via the next Mars mission, four years later: the Ares IV will be landing 3,200 kilometers (2,000 mi) away at the Schiaparelli crater. Watney’s immediate concern is food; being the mission’s botanist, he improvises a farm inside the Hab utilizing Martian soil fertilized with the crew’s feces, water produced by extracting hydrogen from leftover rocket fuel, and potatoes intended for the Thanksgiving dinner. He also begins to modify the only functional rover for longer journeys in preparation for the long-distance travel.
After NASA holds a funeral for Watney, satellite planner Mindy Park reviews images of the Hab area and realizes he has survived. NASA administrator Teddy Sanders has the news released, but despite the objections of the Hermes flight director Mitch Henderson, decides not to distract the Ares III crew (still en route back to Earth) by informing them.
Watney takes the rover to retrieve the nearby Pathfinder probe, which fell silent in 1997. Using Pathfinder’s camera and motor, he establishes rudimentary two-way communication with Earth, first using simple signs, and then sending and receiving ASCII in hexadecimal. NASA sends a software patch to link the rover with Pathfinder and communicate via text. Watney becomes angry when he learns that the crew has not been told of his survival, and Sanders reluctantly lets Henderson finally inform them.
Director of Mars missions Vincent Kapoor and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) director Bruce Ng prepare an Iris space probe to deliver enough food to last Watney until Ares IV’s arrival. Meanwhile, the Hab’s airlock malfunctions due to a small puncture, destroying Watney’s ability to grow further crops. Sanders orders the team to skip the usual safety inspections to launch the probe sooner, but it fails and explodes 40 seconds after liftoff. Watney now feels his death is inevitable.
The China National Space Administration has been developing a powerful classified booster rocket, the Taiyang Shen. Feeling camaraderie with NASA’s scientists, they violate their government’s secrecy and offer it to repeat the Iris mission. As Watney is still at more risk the longer he waits, JPL astrodynamicist Rich Purnell devises an alternative plan: send the Taiyang Shen with supplies to the Hermes, which will use Earth’s gravity to “slingshot” back to Mars two years earlier than Ares IV. Sanders rejects the idea, refusing to risk the crew on Hermes, but Henderson surreptitiously sends them Purnell’s plan. Risking their lives and careers, they vote unanimously for it, and make the necessary course change. Powerless to stop them, NASA concedes the issue.
Watney begins the 90-sol journey to Schiaparelli, where the MAV for Ares IV has been pre-positioned, but it needs to be lightened to make the rendezvous with Hermes on its new course. Watney must remove many components, and replace the nose cone with a piece of the Hab’s canvas. The MAV still fails to reach the required speed, so Commander Lewis maneuvers Hermes, consuming most of its available fuel, then ordering a directional explosive decompression of the internal atmosphere. Finally, she uses a Manned Maneuvering Unit, but still cannot quite reach Watney. He pierces the glove of his pressure suit and uses the escaping air to propel himself towards Lewis, effectively reuniting him with his crew after 560 sols alone on Mars.
After returning to Earth, Watney becomes a survival instructor for astronaut candidates. Five years later, on the day of the Ares V mission launch, those involved in Watney’s rescue have begun new lives.
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