Matt Damon portrays an astronaut who faces seemingly insurmountable odds as he tries to find a way to subsist on a hostile planet.

The Martian is very interested in process. As such, it is more focused in making you think than in leaving you thrilled. That is not to say there is no action – there is, it is just not especially emphasized. When it comes to movies that are almost exclusively about making you think, I usually appreciate them more than I like them. But The Martian really makes you think. The plight of Mark Watney (a fully engaged Matt Damon) – stranded on Mars with any hope of rescue years away – is one that requires the full commitment of all his mental faculties. The detailed presentation of how he gives himself a fighting chance is endlessly inspirational. Not everyone will have to plant a makeshift potato farm at some point in their lives, but everyone will almost certainly have to face situations when a lot has to be made out of a little. Thus, humanity is better off because of the example set by The Martian.