The Martian -Starring Matt Damon Directed by Ridley Scott
The Martian is a film starring Matt Damon who plays Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars after his crew leaves him behind, presuming he is dead, while they escape a fierce storm on the planet’s surface. With only a meager amount of supplies left to keep him alive, astronaut Watney uses his ingenuity to make his supplies last much longer than they were originally meant to.
When word reaches Earth that Watney is still alive, public opinion demands NASA makes it their priority to launch a mission to bring Watney back home alive. While NASA coordinates their rescue mission on Earth, Watney’s crew, now just returning to Earth orbit, learn that the crewmate they left behind has survived and hatch their own plans to return to the red planet and rescue their comrade.
Even if you are not into science-fiction movies The Martian can still move you. It’s a very captivating and humanizing story. It shows the best of what it means to be human. When everyone on planet Earth comes together to root for Watney’s return and what others do to make sure it happens, it becomes a movie that show us we are more than the sum of our parts and can do great things, almost impossible things, when we put our minds to it. Even the Chinese Space Administration jumps into the ring and offers NASA a rocket engine that they have developed to get them back to Mars quickly.
If you’re looking for a movie that will move you with a touching ending then I highly recommend The Martian. Matt Damon gives a stellar performance and will not disappoint you. It’s a plausible story based on scientific facts but it is also a humanizing story about one person’s struggle to survive against seemingly impossible odds and a reminder how the human spirit will never cease to push us, amaze us and inspire us to where we thought we couldn’t go before.