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.
The year wraps up with old franchises making big bucks: some of the highest earners that fit this category don’t make it in this list (Jurassic World and The Avengers: Age of Ultron were decent movies that failed to live up to the high benchmark of earlier films in their series). However, some of the better ones, Mad Max, Star Wars and Mockingjay Part II, offered some of the most enjoyable film events of the year.
The Martian, Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi flick, picks up on this explorer tradition. Unlike, Star Trek though, Scott’s film is actually about how science really is, where every great endeavor by an individual is normally supported by a whole cast of people making little endeavors and discoveries behind the scenes.