And now we get to The Martian; the most lighthearted Best Picture nominee. After watching films dealing with the housing bubble, abduction and child molestation, it’s refreshing to watch pure entertainment. An astronaut (Matt Damon) finds himself alone on Mars with no means of realism. After a few weak films in the recent years like the god awful The Counselor and the confusing mess Prometheus, Director Ridley Scott returns to top form with an science fiction adventure of a man trying to survive a planet not meant for man.
During a mission on Mars, a space crew finds itself hit with a sand storm, which strikes Mark Watney (Damon) and separates him from the others. With no means of communications with Earth, limited supplies and no rescue mission for another four years, Watney’s alone on a desert planet. His only salvation is the Mars space station, but even that doesn’t have enough food or oxygen for 4 years. To add insult to injury, everyone thinks he’s dead. Not one to take things lying down, Watney makes a plan to “science the shit out of this.”