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The Martian (2015)

  • Starring: Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 144 min.

The Science on Screen film series is a creative pairing of classic, cult, and documentary films with a post show discussion by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Dr. Michelle Bowe (MSU, Biology) and Charles Armstrong (NASA External Relations) will lead a discussion of the film.

Admission price is $9 for Adults /$8 for Seniors and Students Free for Members

Film Synopsis: 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. [20th Century Fox]

"This is science fiction for sophisticated audiences and, as such, a fulfilling and satisfying experience."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A tremendously exciting popcorn spectacle, and also a portrait of extraplanetary survival convincing enough that it had my tech-obsessed 11-year-old companion on his feet cheering on several occasions."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"What's so stirring about the film is that, before and after everything else, it truly is about being human."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The Martian is stirring and powerful, boasting a commanding performance from Damon."
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Damon is terrific. The movie lives and breathes on his performance, and he comes through in every scene."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"What makes this epic personal is Mr. Scott's filmmaking, in which every soaring aerial shot of the red planet is answered by the intimate landscape of a face."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The Martian is fueled by charm, curiosity and the scientific method. It plays like a modernized Kennedy-age fantasy of discovery, space and can-do initiative."
- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"The problem-solving valorized in "The Martian" provides a simultaneously stirring and spirited example of how cool science can be. As NASA-Hollywood plots go, this one is worth lapping up like all the water on Mars."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It's a big-hearted mash note to science nerds, optimism, grit and guts. With wonderful dramatic pacing, acting, subject matter, Abba soundtrack anthems and "Lord of the Rings" jokes, "The Martian" is a clever feel-good movie on an epic scale."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"At its heart, The Martian is an unapologetically stirring celebration of our ability, as a species, to solve even the most daunting problems via rational thought, step by step by step."
- Mike D'Angelo, AV Club