Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor. 144 min. Rated PG.
This is the flip side of Gravity - a movie that was criticized for bending a few scientific rules for the sake of dramatization, but enchanting viewers out of their minds because of it. Now we have The Martian, a Matt-Damon-stranded-on-Mars story that adheres so tightly to science, it probably shouldn't even be categorized as fiction, and by sacrificing the thrill of sci-fi, except for a final climactic scene, runs the risk becoming slow and dull. Nevertheless, Scott's flawless directing (and a star-filled ensemble) are admirable for making such a science-based Apollo 13 on Mars, an engaging piece of art.
Spoiler #1: End of Watch. Fury. Ant-Man. The Martian. Michael Peña has solidified his role in movies as the loyal sidekick.
Spoiler #2: Sean Bean doesn't die here.
Spoiler #3: Don't watch this in 3D. It'll ruin the experience.