Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
It's not everyday your fellow astronauts ditch you on Mars. Yet that's exactly what happens to Mark Watney (Matt Damon). To be fair, they thought he was dead. Still, the facts are the facts, and Watney is left all alone on Mars, with a dwindling food supply and only himself as company. Luckily, he's pretty entertaining and equally resourceful—the best botanist on Mars, even. Damon, is a joy to watch, which is a great thing given that he's a domineering presence for most of the film's running time. The rest of the time it can feel like a big-budget Ridley Scott-directed NASA recruitment video. But it's smart, looks stunning, and has Jeff Daniels running NASA—so why not? At its heart though, The Martian is an ode to science, math, human ingenuity, perseverance, and collaboration. It celebrates the best of humanity.