A great survivalist, problem-solving movie, this one. Poor old Matt Damon is marooned on Mars. It actually starts out as an action movie (with a tense and exciting first 20mins), and many will be expecting some sort of Ridley Scott space opera, but it then becomes a tense running-out-of-time-and-resources affair.
The movie isn’t perfect. There are some scenes that don’t really go anywhere and are simple expositions on the whole physics of what’s going on. There are way too many characters (many of whom simply don’t have names). And there is a lack of true moral conflict at the heart of things. But this film has a big heart nonetheless. The characterisation really is very good (and avoids trite family references). The detail and realism are second to none. This stuff IS going to happen to our species in the next few years. You really do wonder ‘Would I be able to survive if put in this situation?’.
Very enjoyable and edge-of-the-seat stuff. 8.5 out of 10 from me. Highly recommended! Get yourself a one-way ticket.