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The Martian (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. (C) Fox

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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
Kate Mara
as Beth Johanssen
Sean Bean
as Mitch Henderson
Sebastian Stan
as Chris Beck
Aksel Hennie
as Alex Vogel
Donald Glover
as Rich Purnell
Mackenzie Davis
as Mindy Park
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Venkat Kapoor
Nick Mohammed
as Tim Grimes
Eddy Ko
as Guo Ming
Enzo Cilenti
as Mike Watkins
Jonathan Aris
as Brendan Hatch
Geoffrey Thomas
as U.S. President
Benedict Wong
as Bruce Ng
Brian Caspe
as Timer Controller
Szonja Oroszlán
as Launch Control
Mark O'Neal
as Guidance
Peter Linka
as Telemetry
Peter Schueller
as NASA Break Room Worker
Waleska Latorre
as Vincent's Secretary
Frederik Pleitgen
as CNN Reporter
Nikolett Barabas
as Reporter 1
Karen Gagnon
as Reporter 2
Lili Bordán
as Reporter 3
Charlie Gardner
as Robert Lewis
Nora Horich
as Vogel's Wife
Kamilla Fátyol
as Marissa Martinez
Xue Xuxing
as Ming's Secretary
Richard B. Rifkin
as JPL Store Man
Yang Liu
as Chinese Translator
Ben O'Brien
as JPL Pathfinder Team Member 1
Balazas Medveczky
as JPL White Room Worker 2
Scott Alexander Young
as JPL Pathfinder Team Member 2
Yang Haiwen
as Chinese Flight Director
Nicholas Wittman
as JPL Clean Room Worker 1
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Critic Reviews for The Martian

All Critics (384) | Top Critics (84)

The Martian is a film about human error, the will to survive, and the responsibility that we have as human beings, not just to the work that we dedicate our lives to, but to one another as people.

April 12, 2017 | Full Review…

A half-hour into The Martian any seasoned moviegoer can figure out where the plotline in this feel-good movie has to go. That's a shame and the film's biggest transgression.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite being marketed under the mainstream bait of a "space movie," The Martian is, more than anything, a love letter to science, without ever feeling like a boring textbook.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…

It's just a cracklingly good entertainment, a crowd-pleaser that's compelling and emotional and even a little inspirational.

May 3, 2016 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Martian


With a great 3D that explores very well the red landscapes using mostly a large depth of field, this smart science fiction also knows how to use exposition and works so well due to its delightful sense of humor and efficient moments of tension when it needs to be tense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I was so not into the 1 1/2 chapters of the book that I slogged my way through, so of course, I fully expected the Hollywood powers-that-be to transform this novel (in terms of scientific accuracy) yet utterly juvenile (in terms of literary skill) self-published book into a big screen Cinderella wagon hitched to Matt Damon's star. It's pretty good. The hokey exposition of Mark Watney talking to himself is tempered by Damon's self-deprecating tone. The action sequences are suspenseful and devastating, and Watney's agricultural, geographical, and semiotic ingenuity is ingenious. Damon gives an emotional turn, especially when he performs surgery on himself and right before the final launch when he finally lets himself cry and feel the last-ditch enormity of the moment. The middle of the movie with all the other countries' SNASAs plotting with or against the US is a little convoluted, but on the whole, the movie is nicely light and triumphant for being about a man stranded on the Red Planet.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Matt Damon gets saved a lot, like a lot a lot. On his resume alone are eight films (including this one) where he needs to be from things ranging from space to Nazis. In his second film playing a space adverse astronaut in recent years ("Interstellar") Damon plays the role of Mark Watney, who is lost on Mars and has to be retrieved by his old crew. Based on the hard sci-fi book of the same name by Andy Weir, "The Martian" looks to a future that NASA purports will exist soon; the agency already offering trips to Mars in the coming years. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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