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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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 185 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$108,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,308,575, 4 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$228,433,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$629,281,283
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Trivia

Watney digs up a radioactive power source in The Martian to use for heat. It's called a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), and NASA relies on them for long-distance space missions.

RTGs are essentially batteries powered by radioactive plutonium-238. As the plutonium naturally decays, it generates heat, and the battery casing turns the escaping warmth into electricity.

Plutonium-238 is pretty much impossible to turn into a nuclear weapon, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Its radiation is not the kind of dangerous, skin-piercing radiation that humans have to worry about (unless it is inhaled).

Still, a nuclear battery is dangerous to have around because it's very hot. See more »

Goofs

As shown at the beginning of the movie, the dust storm that "killed" Mark Watney was on Sol 18 (the 18th Martian day of the ground mission). Later when Mark finds the potatoes that he grows and relies upon for survival, they are in a container that has "Do Not Touch Until Thanksgiving" handwritten on the top, it being a team building exercise for the crew to prepare a meal together on that day.

Unfortunately as shown elsewhere and in the Movies advertising materials, surface operations starts on Nov' 8th 2035, which makes SOL 18 at least the 26th of November which is 4 days after Thanksgiving by which time all the potatoes should have been eaten. 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.
[laughs]
Rick Martinez: Should we alert the media?
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Crazy Credits

During the first half of the ending credits, the names of the cast members (with the exception of Matt Damon) corresponds with their character in the film. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Happy Days Theme
Written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel
Performed by Pratt and McClain (as Pratt & McClain)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

Smart, exciting crowd-pleaser
4 January 2016 | by 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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