Matt Damon headlines an all-star cast in this fantastic space epic.
Is it worth $10? Yes
The struggles of “Prometheus” (2012) aside, there is no director we’d rather have working in science fiction than Ridley Scott. The man who gave us “Alien” (1979) and “Blade Runner” (1982) knows the genre well and when in top form is capable of creating true classics. Whether “The Martian” joins the echelon of “classic” status remains to be seen, but it is an exceptional piece of filmmaking.
The premise starts like a horror movie. While exploring the surface of Mars a group of scientists is caught in a violent storm. Melissa (Jessica Chastain), Rick (Michael Pena), Beth (Kata Mara), Chris (Sebastian Stan) and Alex (Aksel Hennie) are able to escape on their shuttle, but Mark (Matt Damon) is hit with debris, presumed dead and left behind.