The Martian (20th Century Fox, Genre Films, 2015)
After Gravity and Interstellar, I expected the new sci-fi film by Ridley Scott to be another tear-jerking space drama about the endurance of the human spirit. And while the two main themes of the film are indeed survival and the essence of humanity, The Martian is a surprisingly light-hearted and uplifting story about a contemporary Robinson Crusoe.
Based on the book by Andy Weir, the film follows astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist sent on a mission to explore Mars. After a devastating storm, Mark is presumed dead and left behind by his crew members. But despite being injured, he survives the storm and finds himself alone on the planet. With limited supplies and no way to go back to Earth, he needs to keep himself alive until the next mission lands on Mars. Back on Earth, NASA’s best scientists have to race against time to bring Mark home. But when Mark’s crew members find out he is still alive, they come up with a daring plan to rescue their friend.