The Martian (2015)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 21 mins

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When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney, 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.
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Cast: Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Matt Damon

Crew: Ridley Scott (Director), Dariusz Wolski (Director of Photography), Harry Gregson-Williams (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 02 Oct 2015 (India), 02 Oct 2015 (Worldwide)

Tagline: Bring Him Home

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A near perfect film from a director back in his element!
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Look, there’s no two ways to say this. The Martian is fantastic. It’s easily one of my favorite films of the year and it’s only October! The movie stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut who gets left behind on Mars and has to survive with limited resources available until help arrives. Damon’s portrayal of the character is stellar! His comic timing and his acting is spot on. The way his character keeps himself positive even during overwhelming odds in which the average Joe would probably lose all hope of survival (on a planet where nothing grows, which Watney himself admits) is extremely enamoring. There is a genuine concern that you feel for the character’s plight. And whenever he achieves something like, being able to establish contact with Earth or grow food, you want to rejoice with him.

The screenplay is brilliant. Usually in these types of movies, people pay money to see the stranded guy on the alien planet. And whenever it shifts focus, people tend to turn off and lose interest in whatever is happening. That was NOT the case here. The efforts made by NASA on Earth to help their stranded Astronaut is as interesting to watch as Watney’s exploits on Mars. And all that comes down to a genuinely well written screenplay by Drew Goddard. The dialogues were pretty damn funny and had me in stiches. The material was kept very light without complicating matters a lot but still managed to keep me on edge.

This is a welcome return to form for Ridley Scott. Now I can’t comment on The Counselor or Exodus as I haven’t watched them yet but it is widely known that since American Gangster, he had failed to make a truly great film. This is that great film! An evenly paced, uncomplicated and utterly fun film which proves what Scott is capable of when he’s in his element. The cinematography is beautiful and the CGI is inch perfect. The background score truly is a BACKGROUND score. It doesn’t jarringly blare out and you tell you to go “OMG OMG OMG” but complements the visuals perfectly. The 3D aspect of it is brilliant. Not since Gravity has a film used 3D this well.

This is a near perfect film. The texts which pop up on screen describing a character or a place were kind of bothersome and unnecessary. The Chinese CNSA cooperating with NASA seemed a bit too convenient and felt like a fantasy on the writers part (maybe he was going for the “Greatness of Human nature during insurmountable odds” but I didn’t really buy it) but that’s just me nitpicking. Go for it. This is a fantastic piece of work. Scott is back. Damon looks to be the man of the moment right now and we may very well have an early contender for Best Actor as well as Best Adapted Screenplay.

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*SPOILER*  Awe evoking but not a masterpiece as you would expect it to be
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"The Martian", a space adventure movie with enough drama to keep your attention intact is a passable effort.Technically superb with excellent camera work and graphics, the film's best moments come only during the NASA office interactions and when the estranged protagonist Matt Damon communicates with his crew members who leave him behind at Mars when their space expedition is hit by a storm of sorts.The film chronicles the life of Matt Damon as his tale of survival and communication to his home planet and how his perseverance and never say die attitude(and adding to that his knowledge in Botany) keep him going even as he is playing the not so likable disco music tracks of his boss and surviving on potatoes and even having to help himself medically by stapling his gaping wound after removing a foreign body impacted in his abdomen.
The film is slow and the biggest problem in spite of its technical brilliance and adequate to neat performances from the supporting cast(Jessica Chastain in particular), is that the Matt does not connect with his audience on an emotional level like how gruesome tales of survival from earlier Hollywood movies did.You stare in awe at the lovely orange sands,the violet hues of space and even the scenes when the crew float from chamber to another in the space ship..but this story needed more emoting(at least from viewpoint).Director Ridley Scott's film scores in its concluding scenes when the crew mates and the behind the scenes NASA team work deftly in their rescue mission.
A film that leaves you in awe but could have been much better.Yet 2 thumbs up for this scintillating tale of survival which is best enjoyed on the 3-D in the cinemas.

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as Melissa Lewis
as Beth Johanssen
as Mark Watney
as Alex Vogel
as JPL White Room Worker 2
as JPL Pathfinder Team Member 1
as Timer Controller
as Robert Lewis
as Zhu Tao
as Venkat Kapoor
as Comms
as Police Woman
as Rich Purnell
as Guo Ming
as Mike Watkins
as CNN Reporter
as U.S. President
as Capcom
as Jack
as Pathfinder developer
as Teddy Sanders
as Brendan Hatch
as Marissa Martinez
as Reporter 2
as Annie Montrose
as Reporter 3
as Mindy Park
as Guidance
as Satcon
as Rick Martinez
as Launcher Interface
as Ryoko
as JPL Clean Room Worker 1
as Tim Grimes
as Reporter 1
as Vogel's Wife
as Telemetry
as NASA Break Room Worker
as JPL Store Man
as NASA psychologist
as JPL Pathfinder Team Member 2
as Mitch Henderson
as Chris Beck
as Launch Control
as Vincent's Secretary
as Ming's Secretary
as Chinese Flight Director
as Chinese Translator

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Camera:
Red Scarlet, Red Epic Dragon
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Taglines:
Bring Him Home
Help is only 140 million miles away
Trivia:
At the end of the trailer Mark is shown pulling a metal piece out of the suit which pierced the left side of his abdomen, that corresponds to the only "significant" injury he had after the storm which separated him from MAV (Mars ascent vehicle) in the book - not including minor cuts and other abrasions obtained through rigorous labor on Mars.

In the novel, Mark Watney majored in Mechanical Engineering and Botany in college. He also displays a markedly tasteful dislike for disco music.

Contains spoiler for Interstellar (2014) Will mark the second time Matt Damon has played an astronaut stranded alone on an inhospitable planet. The first was in Interstellar (2014).

In the book they name a mission plan after the Council of Elrond from Lord of the Rings. In the film Mitch Henderson is played by Sean Bean. Sean Bean also played Boromir in the film adaption of Lord of the Rings, who attended the Council of Elrond

The author of The Martian, Andy Weir, personally created software to calculate the ship's arrival times (on Earth and on Mars) down to the exact minute in his novel. You can look up the interview where he explains this online.

Originally, Matt Damon was concerned that the film would be similar to his previous film Interstellar (2014) which also featured him stranded alone on a planet. After sharing his concern to Ridley Scott, the director reassured him that the two movies were completely different.

Matt Damon's character 'Dr. Mann' in 'Interstellar' was lost on a planet located near black hole. This time again his character lost on Mars in the movie 'Martian'.

Jeff Daniels starred in another Martian-related movie called My Favorite Martian (1999).

This is the second time Michael Peña and Kate Mara have worked together, the first being Shooter (2007).

Aksel Hennie is not German, but Norwegian.

Irrfan Khan was chosen to play Venkat Kapoor, but a Bollywood contract of his had an unexpected snag and he wasn't able to make the schedule needed for The Martian. This occurred about three weeks before the filming started. Not having luxury of targeting an ethnicity, they had to get the biggest name they could get on short notice. That turned out to be Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The average surface temperature on Mars is a frigid -63°C (-81°C) compared to Earth's average of 14°C (57°F). The length of a Martian day is 24 hours 37 minutes. The length of a Martian year is significantly longer at 687 days.

The gravity on Mars' surface is 62% lower than it is here on Earth. At just 0.38 of the Earth standard, a person who weighs 100 kg (220 lbs) on Earth would weigh only 38 kg (83 lbs) on Mars.

Multiple cameras were used during filming, including GoPros.

Irrfan Khan was the original choice for the role of Venkat Kapoor. Because of his prior commitment to the Bollywood movie _Piku_ (2015), he wasn't available. Chiwetel Ejiofor was then cast for the role.

When designing the space suits in the movie, the costume designer looked at many of NASA's actual Mars suits and said they were "exactly like a Buzz Lightyear suit" from how bulky they were, Ridley Scott even disliked them, so the end designs of the suits were based on images of actual suits but aimed for a more practical approach.

This will mark the second time Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon have worked together on a space related film. The other film being Interstellar (2014). Although they shared no scenes together.

Jessica Chastain got advice from her Interstellar (2014) co-star Anne Hathaway on wearing a space suit, which included getting a cooling suit to wear underneath.

They decided to film in Budapest because it has one of the biggest soundstages in the world and one of the tallest. Also, the London stages were booked up.

Small changes were made to script during filming, in part to have better scientific accuracy. Producer Mark Huffam said, "We're working with 90% of the script that we started with".

Filming took around 70 days.

Shooting schedules were so specific that Kate Mara and Sebastian Stan would arrive on set before sunrise and leave after the sun had already set, they applied this "isolation" to help with their characters during filming.

About 20 sets were constructed over the filming of The Martian (2015), which isn't many in comparison to other films, but they were much more "technical". To put that in perspective to other Ridley Scott films, he used 70 on Exodus and over 100 on American Gangster (2007).

Filmmakers wanting to portray NASA in a film must obtain permission to do so. NASA must also be shown that the filmmakers are taking the subject matter seriously and are representing the truth. 50 pages of the script is NASA material.

The original cover page of the draft of The Martian was on-board of actual NASA ship Orion when it launched. On the cover was a drawing of Matt Damon's character on Mars saying, "I'm gonna science the shit out of this planet".

Drew Goddard, who wrote the screenplay for the film, was also at one point set to direct, but left that role to go direct the Sinister Six film. After that, Ridley Scott read the script and jumped into the project, rather than making a Prometheus sequel.

The atmospheric pressure on the Martian surface averages 0.087 psi, about 0.6% of Earth's mean sea level pressure of 14.69 psi. It is so low that a "Fierce storm" as they put it would be something akin to a very light breeze messing up your hair. Due to the low air density sound would not travel like it does on Earth and you would have to stand next to someone and scream for them to hear you, providing you could survive the freezing cold temperature, poisonous atmosphere and lack of pressure.

The film was shot in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which has a red coloured desert.

The writer of the novel, Andy Weir, first published his book for free on his own site as a blog for fun. Then people asked him to put it in a downloadable form, then people asked him to put it on Amazon for Kindle download which he did at the then min price of $0.99.

The mission to Mars in the film emulates actual missions that NASA is planning for the future.

The landscape and environment of Mars was created through a combination of location filming and CGI.

One of the more dangerous parts of filming involved the storms on Mars.

Filming the NASA stuff took three weeks.

This is the second film to feature Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The first film was Interstellar (2014).

NASA was consulted while making the film in order to get aspects of space and space travel, specifically in relation to Mars, with the most accuracy.

The film will be shot in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which is a red coloured desert.

The suits in the film use a very complex and actual functioning lighting system.

A lot of the research and development on Prometheus (2012) was used on The Martian. Especially the space suits.

The film was at one point planned to be filmed in Australia, but due to disagreements with the Australian government those plans had to be abandoned.

Jessica Chastain visited JPL and NASA in preparation for the film, meeting actual astronauts. She also read the novel before she began filming.

They have a real potato farm on the studio lot with potatoes in all stages of growth so they can be used for filming.

They decided to film in Budapest because it has one of the biggest soundstages in the world and one of the tallest. Also, the London stages were booked up

Technologically, everything in the film is based on fact, but was modified to "look cool" on screen.

Irrfan Khan was original choice for the role of Venkat Kapoor. Because of his prior commitment to Bollywood movie Piku, he wasn't available. Chiwetel Ejiofor was then casted for the role.
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