Ridley Scott’s films are always great. Today we answer the question: Where was The Martian filmed? Firstly, this movie stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Secondly, it’s one of Scott’s more weird and criticized films, and strangely, it earned Matt Damon a Golden Globe in the strangest of categories. That being comedy or musical —when the movie is all science-fiction, but that’s another story. Thirdly, The Martian was a success from every aspect evaluable. Damon’s performance was outstanding, photography was great, editing and score were dead on point, as most Ridley Scott films are.
One of the most important aspects regarding Ridley Scott’s The Martian is its scientific accuracy. The director sought out consulting from the American space agency NASA, as well as scientists and museum curators from the American Museum of Natural History. With its portrayal of human life on Mars, scientists and even former United States President Barack Obama praised the film for its accuracy. Without any further ado, let’s dig into the intricacies of Ridley Scott’s The Martian here at Otakukart.
Where was The Martian filmed?
The Martian interior scenes were filmed in Budapest, Hungary, at Korda Studios. Scott chose those locations because the studio features one of the biggest sound stages in the world. For the exterior shots —the ones that emulate life on Mars— the cast and crew traveled to Wadi Rum in the Kingdom of Jordan. Additionally, Wadi Rum is a frequent location for movies that have Mars in their narrative. “Mission to Mars, The Last Days on Mars, and Red Planet all had photography shots on location there.
The Martian summary
On the Martian solar day (sol) 18 of their 31-sol excursion, the crew of the Ares III mission to Mars is investigating Acidalia Planitia in 2035. A massive dust storm is threatening to collapse their Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). The mission is called off, but astronaut Mark Watney is hit by debris as the crew prepares to leave. Watney is believed dead since the telemetry from his suit’s bio-monitor is damaged. With the MAV on the brink of collapsing, the surviving crew departs for the Hermes, their circling spacecraft.
Watney wakes wounded and with a low-oxygen warning after the storm. He returns to the surface habitat (“Hab”) of the crew to cure his injuries. Watney starts a video journal while he heals. Because he is unable to contact Earth, his only hope for rescue is the next Mars expedition. In four years, the Ares IV will land 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) distant in the Schiaparelli crater. Watney’s primary concern is food; as a botanist, he cultivates a garden within the Hab using Martian soil fed with the crew’s bio-waste and produces water from leftover rocket fuel. He then prepares and plants entire potatoes for a particular occasion. He also starts altering the rover in preparation for the trip to the Ares IV MAV location.
Earth makes plans
Mindy Park, a NASA satellite designer on Earth, sees moving equipment while analyzing satellite pictures and concludes Watney must be alive. Overflight director Mitch Henderson’s strong opposition, NASA director Teddy Sanders announces the news to the world but chooses not to inform the Ares III crew to stay focused on their goal. Watney drives the rover for a month to recover the Pathfinder probe, which went quiet in 1997. He makes visual contact with NASA by using Pathfinder’s camera and motor. NASA sends a software patch to connect the rover to Pathfinder, allowing for text-based communication. Sanders eventually gives Henderson permission to tell Watney’s crewmates.
Mars missions director Vincent Kapoor and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) director Bruce Ng plan to launch a space probe with enough food to keep Watney alive until Ares IV arrives. However, the airlock on the Hab bursts out, exposing the Hab to the harsh Martian atmosphere; all of the potato plants perish. Sanders now directs that the regular safety checks be skipped to save time. Unfortunately, his bet backfires as the rocket explodes shortly after takeoff.
China steps in
The China National Space Administration has created the Taiyang Shen, a secret booster rocket. It is decided to provide the rocket to replenish Watney. Rich Purnell, a JPL astrodynamics, proposes an alternate plan: have the Taiyang Shen rendezvous with and restock the Hermes, which would then utilize Earth’s gravity to “slingshot” return to Mars two years sooner than Ares IV. Sanders opposes the proposal, deeming it too dangerous for the Hermes crew. Henderson secretly transmits Purnell’s plan to the unit, who unanimously decided to execute it without asking NASA permission, thus disconnecting NASA’s remote controls and altering the trajectory. Sanders is obliged to publicly back them but then demands Henderson quit.
The Martian ending explained.
Watney sets off on the 90-sol trip to Schiaparelli, where the MAV for Ares IV has already been pre-positioned. He must use it to meet with Hermes, but it must be much lightened. When the MAV runs out of fuel after launch, its velocity relative to the Hermes is too large for Watney to be picked up. Commander Lewis immediately improvises, breaching a front airlock with an explosive, causing air to escape rapidly and slowing the Hermes.
However, it is still insufficient; Lewis cannot reach Watney using a tethered Manned Maneuvering Unit. Watney punctures his pressure suit and uses the leaking air to push himself to Lewis, bringing his 543 sols on Mars to a conclusion. Watney returns to Earth and becomes a survival teacher for aspiring astronauts. Those engaged in Watney’s rescue are shown in their present life five years later, as the Ares V prepares to launch.