From the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, “The Martian” brings the audience out of the confines of the Earth during a manned mission to Mars where 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 crew mates 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.
One such genius, Rich Purnell (Donald Glover), an “orbital dynamicist” waltzes into a meeting with the grown-ups and confidently proceeds to demonstrate the solution to getting Watney back. Along with director Bruce Ng (Benedict Wong), Sanders senses the validity of Purnell’s theory, which is affirmed by NASA’s Director of Mars missions, Dr. Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Kapoor bears the most direct responsibility in handling the Watney crisis, and has placed his entire team into full-scale response mode.
“I spoke to some of the people at JPL and NASA to get an appreciation of the sort of pressure they operate under,” Ejiofor continues. “Astronauts place their ultimate trust in these agencies, and everyone who works there knows a single mistake will be uncovered at the worst possible time.”
The resources of NASA and JPL, however, are not going to be enough. Fortunately, the agency’s counterparts (Eddy Ko, Chen Shu) at the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) initiate contact with Sanders to offer the services of a prototype Chinese rocket that could undertake a resupply mission to Mars.
“The Martian” lands in theaters this September 30 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in 2D and 3D screens)
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