• The Martian (2015)

The Martian

Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

PG-13 |2 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

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: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Adventure , Science fiction , Drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Emotional, Intense, Underdog, Quest, Survival, Brooding, Rescue, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The director and screenwriter downplay the conventional melodrama inherent in the situation in favor of emphasizing how practical problems should be addressed with rational responses rather than hysteria, knee-jerk patriotism or selfish expedience. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    What’s so fascinating about the film is that it truly turns on the solving of problems, and its chief solver, stuck on Mars, manages to be so funny, interesting and infallibly likable that you’re invested in his predicament at every moment. show more

  • 70
    John HazeltonScreen International

    Visually spectacular and consistently entertaining, Ridley Scott’s space rescue procedural The Martian suffers only from a failure to hit its emotional beats with the amount of force and feeling usually required to make this kind of life-and-death adventure really take off. show more

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