A NASA Mission to Mars has to evacuate the planet because of a massive storm. However, during the evacuation, one of the crew, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is lost in the storm. Presumed dead, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) has no choice but to leave him behind and head back to Earth. The injured Watney wakes to find himself alone on Mars, with the prospect of having to live several years on the planet before the next ship come for its scheduled mission. Can Watney survive the harsh, alien landscape and the more alienating loneliness? How will he be saved? With an unstoppable self belief and scientific knowhow, Watney uses his expertise in botany to survive and grow food to become the first Martian colonist.
From the beginning of the film, we know this is a savage world. In brilliant cinematic shorthand, Max (Tom Hardy) eats a live lizard and quickly gets picked up by skeletal warriors. Max is kept prisoner as a “blood bag,” a sort of health slave used for transfusing blood into injured fighters. He is brought to the Citadel, ruled by the Lobo-esque Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who represses the population by keeping a tight control on the water supply.
Before the West was won, it was a frontier wilderness where nature’s rule of red tooth and claw reigned. Frontiersmen went out as trappers to get pelts from these vasts forests. Hugh Glass (Dicaprio) is an experienced tracker and is working for one company who has been out in the forest for months until they are attacked by the indigenous people. The survivors, led by Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) have to find a way back to their fort, and when disaster strikes, Glass is left for dead in a shallow grave. Glass miraculously survives and makes his way through dangerous terrain, predatory wildlife, unfriendly French, and angry natives, driven by a lust for revenge against the man responsible for his woes.