Huge, sweeping, optimistic – yet convincingly grounded in an understandable reality: if something goes wrong, it needs to be fixed. And being stranded alone on Mars means something has gone seriously wrong.
Robinson Crusoe retold in space, with Man Friday the returning crew who mistakenly left a quietly impressive Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan, The Bourne Identity) behind for dead. Visually stunning – as one would expect from director Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Gladiator) – The Martian is hugely entertaining with more than its share of tension and comedy. It’ll certainly be up there come January when the Oscar shortlists (particularly the technical categories) are announced.