During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
“The Martian,” Ridley Scott’s story of an astronaut struggling to survive by himself on a desolate planet, is at heart a shipwreck story, one that just happens to take the form of a science fiction adventure. But although the general outlines offer no surprises, the details and the tone feel gratifyingly new. Like all the variants of “Robinson Crusoe”-including ” Cast Away” and, of course, “Robinson Crusoe on Mars”-this film is about a man, Matt Damon’s Mark Watney, who summons all of his ingenuity and courage to endure a seemingly impossible situation, then must deal with intense loneliness on top of it all.