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The Martian. 2015. USA. Directed by Ridley Scott. Courtesy of Twentieth-Century Fox. 144 min.
Part of the series The Contenders 2015

The Martian

Thursday Jan 14, 2016 7:30 PM This is a past program

In space, no one can hear you vlog. The great Ridley Scott (Alien) has his lead character alone in space again, and this time it's Matt Damon as an American astronaut who has been accidently left behind on Mars after a mission disaster. Witty and well researched—the script is based on the popular 2011 novel by Andy Weir—the film plays like a survivalist Western conceived of by the smartest kids in science class. The cast is filled out by a dream-team of “thinking-persons'” movie stars (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, and Jeff Daniels) and was shot on one of the largest sets ever built. This is a film to make you root for the hero and believe in human progress and ingenuity; one could say it's the most “uplifting” film of the year.

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The Martian. 2015. USA. Directed by Ridley Scott. Courtesy of Twentieth-Century Fox. 144 min.

See all films in The Contenders 2015 series.


$15 General Admission 
$10 Hammer Members with valid discount code

Advanced, online ticket sales for this film are closed. On-site tickets will be available the night of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Box office opens 1 hour prior to screening start time.


Tickets can be picked up starting at 6:30 p.m. the night of the screening. Any unclaimed tickets will be released at 7:15 p.m. A standby line for a limited number of tickets will be available the night of the program.

Refunds cannot be provided.

Attending this program?

Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash or check only)
Food and Drink: Enjoy happy hour in our open courtyard café, AMMO at the Hammer beginning at 4 p.m. Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. 
Membership: Members receive a discount on tickets and priority seating. Sign up for membership today, and you’ll receive a discount code for The Contenders with your confirmation email.

This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.