The Martian (2015)

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Movie Info

  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Stars: Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Movie Story

Despite The Martian missing out on all seven Academy Awards it was nominated for, it still managed to pull in 26 accolades and marks something of a return to form for director Ridley Scott who had stumbled critically with his last five outings (it’s also noteworthy to mention that all five of these films from 2008’s Body of Lies to 2014’s Exodus incredibly still turned a profit regardless of critical opinion).


Adapted from the novel by Andy Weir, The Martian sees our very likeable hero astronaut Mark Watney (Damon), presumed dead and left behind on a mission to Mars, striving to survive until he can be rescued using a mix ingenuity and science. For much of the film, we see Watney address his video diary and build a greenhouse etc, as back on Earth a team is working tirelessly to bring him home.


How realistic is anything in this film? We don’t really know exactly but NASA staff members worked hand in hand with Scott to develop a reasonably plausible film from beginning to end, so it’s safe to give The Martian the benefit of the doubt.


Damon, of course, carries the whole thing. He is charming in a self-deprecating way and forces himself to look at the positives no matter how dire things get and this really is the key ingredient here. His persona rises above all the science mumbo jumbo and easily propels the film into the region of believability and hence leaves the audience gunning for him. Comparable to Gravity and Interstellar, the story throws up enough tension and emotion to pull it over the finishing line to a rewarding ending. Simply put; The Martian was one of the best films of 2015.

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Reviews ( 1 )

  • Mercy Woods 24 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    At last, a Mars film was done right. Ridley Scott has created an influential space exploration thriller put up in the near future with exact science, breathtaking 3D cinematography. Not forgetting the well-placed humor in the movie that makes it awesome.

    9 / 10
  • katie winterburn 24 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    This was a wonderful movie. The story is enjoyable and has a number of surprising plot twists and turns. Matt Damen and the rest of the cast do a great job of portraying this complex story with lots of emotion and believability.

    6 / 10
  • Jeff Smith 27 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    The Martian is one of the most entertaining book to movie adaptations to hit the big screen in many years. Matt Damon brings a unique charm to the 2015 film, with Ridley Scott at the director’s helm and based on a bestselling novel, The Martian is something you don’t want to miss.

    • Valary Beckham 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

      Matt Damon has done it again. He has delivered the best quality movie to exist in this era. This is the best way to convert what is in a novel to a movie. This has made the novel appear so real. This is such a great work that has been done in this movie.

      10 / 10
    • Sherman Cleveland 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply


      The movie itself is like Cast Away meets Apollo 13.

      The main character is very positive for the situation he is in and that helps the movie a lot by preventing it from feeling heavy and depressing.

      It is truly well written, to the point where some of the humor in the movie is funnier than many comedies I’ve seen.

      I really don’t want to spoil this masterpiece for anyone, so if you are still wondering I recommend you watch it.

      10 / 10
    • Alice White 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      Make sure you watch this movie because if you do not, you will be loosing a lot. I agree with Valary Beckham in saying that this movie is just a masterpiece. Grab a copy of this movie and watch in for yourself, you won’t regret it.

      10 / 10
    • Shane Croghan 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s 2011 hit novel ‘The Martian’ is a unique mesh of sci-fi and comedy, featuring an unexpected display of comedic prowess from Matt Damon. A twisting narrative, coupled with Damon’s dry wit, results in another box-office hit for Scott.

      • Jay Smith 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

        The Martian is a fun and exciting mash up of Andy Weir’s novel and some elements to make the movie a little more exciting and fun for the whole family. Matt Damon delivers a commendable performance as an astronaut stranded on Mars, Kristen Wiig also gives a lively performance in a role quite unlike the ones she usually is seen in. A must see!

        10 / 10

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