Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are hypnotized into believing that they have landed in the childhood community of their leader and have been reunited with deceased family and friends, and they are poisoned by the Martians. Col. John Wilder leads a third expedition and learns that a chicken pox virus brought to Mars by the first two expeditions has almost eradicated the Martian population. A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Colonists arrive on Mars to settle, among them priests seeking God, and a lone Martian masquerades as the most desired persons of various settlers. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Wilder struggles to assemble the remaining humans on Mars, who cope with their loneliness in different ways and will not leave their piece of Mars, before Wilder meets a Martian of past or future who tells him the secret of simple Martian life and convinces him to abandon the Earth lifestyle.
Runtime: 120 minutes
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The Martian is a 2015 science fiction survival film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The screenplay by Drew Goddard is based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel The Martian about an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. The film depicts his struggle to survive and others' efforts to rescue him. It also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film, produced through 20th Century Fox, is a co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom. Producer Simon Kinberg began developing the film after Fox optioned the novel in March 2013, which Drew Goddard adapted into a screenplay and was initially attached to direct, but the film did not move forward. Scott replaced Goddard, and with Damon in place as the main character, production was approved. Filming began in November 2014 and lasted approximately seventy days. Twenty sets were built on a sound stage in Budapest, Hungary, one of the largest in the world. Wadi Rum in Jordan was also used as a backdrop for filming. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2015, while the London premiere was held on September 24, 2015. The film was released in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2015 and in the United States on October 2, 2015 in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX. It received positive reviews and grossed over $630 million worldwide, becoming Scott's highest-grossing film to date, as well as the 10th highest-grossing film of 2015. It received several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Goddard, and the 2016 long form Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Damon won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated for several awards including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the Critic's Choice Award for Best Actor.
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The Martian was listed on many critics' top ten lists. 1st – TV Guide 2nd – Christopher Orr, The Atlantic 2nd – James Berardinelli, Reelviews 3rd – Seongyong Cho, RogerEbert.com 4th – Anne Thompson, IndieWire 5th – Digital Spy 5th – Liz Shannon Miller, IndieWire 6th – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times 6th – Olly Richards, AskMen 6th – Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects 7th – Charles Mudede, The Stranger 7th – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe 8th – Lou Lumenick, New York Post 8th – Mike D'Angelo, The A.V. Club 8th – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 9th – Haleigh Foutch, Collider 10th – Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter 10th – Matthew Jacobs, The Huffington Post Best of 2015 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal Best of 2015 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Best of 2015 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) – Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer Top 10 (ranked alphabetically) – Nell Minow, RogerEbert.com
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