Donna and I had been interested in watching The Martian since we first heard about it. When it arrived at local theaters, we didn't waste any time getting in line. We opted to attend the 3D version.
The movie stars Matt Damon as botanist Mark Watney, who is presumed dead following a ferocious storm and left behind on the Mars surface by his colleagues on the Ares III manned mission. Watney, however, survives the storm, and that sets the stage for the plot of the movie: the long term survival and rescue of Watney.
The filmmakers worked very closely with NASA to make this movie scientifically accurate. And that is the aspect that really drives the movie. Watney must constantly find solutions to problems he encounters, from extending his limited food supply to finding a way to communicate with NASA despite the damage the storm caused the communications equipment.
A side story revolves around the human struggle to survive alone in an alien environment. How do you keep your morale up? How do you keep from losing your mind by not having someone to talk to?
I was engrossed for the entire movie. The action begins almost immediately and does not let up until the end.
If you are looking for an intelligent movie to watch, this one should work for you.