The Martian. 2015. USA. Directed by Ridley Scott. 144 min.
In space, no one can hear you vlog. The great Ridley Scott (Alien) has his lead character alone in space again, and this time it's Matt Damon as an American astronaut who has been accidently left behind on Mars after a mission disaster. Witty and well researched—the script is based on the popular 2011 novel by Andy Weir—the film plays like a survivalist Western conceived of by the smartest kids in science class. The cast is filled out by a dream-team of “thinking-persons'” movie stars (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, and Jeff Daniels) and was shot on one of the largest sets ever built. This is a film to make you root for the hero and believe in human progress and ingenuity; one could say it's the most “uplifting” film of the year. Courtesy of Twentieth-Century Fox.