Opened: October 2, 2015
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Benedict Wong, Eddy Ko, Chen Shu, Nick Mohammed & Enzo Cilenti
As the crew of Ares III evacuate Mars during a dust storm, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is struck by debris and NASA announces his death. Mark wakes up stranded on Mars and has to learn how to survive until he can make contact with Earth and be rescued.
Damon gives an incredible performance and knows how bring in comedy even in dire circumstances. The cast around him shines with Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Jeff Daniels in great supporting roles.
The cinematography is stunning with Wadi Rum in Jordan acting as Mars. You’ll feel Mark’s sense of isolation as he fights for his life.
Final say: Out of this world. ★★★★★