The Martian (dir. Ridley Scott, 2015) – Alone on Mars and presumed dead, Mark Watney must find a way to signal to Earth that he is still alive.
Is Matt Damon worth saving again? Ridley Scott’s Saving Private Ryan in space makes the answer a resounding positive.
There’s a spaceman, waiting in the sky. Stranded on Mars and presumed dead by his crew, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) draws upon both wit and strength in human spirit to survive the punishing wait for rescue.
While science fiction frequents dystopias and themes of despair, The Martian chooses a different route and births hope where all is forlorn. Emphasis on shards of hope amidst debris of disaster makes a strong case for NASA’s quest for interstellar travel, one often maligned by cynical corporations.