Let’s get this out of the way right now: You need to see this movie.
“The Martian” is based on a book by the same name about a mission to Mars that goes awry and a man, Mark Watney, is left behind. It’s not a spoiler to tell you that NASA eventually figures out Watney is alive and they dispatch a rescue mission, but he’s left to survive on an alien planet in the meantime.
Like I said earlier, this is a movie you shouldn’t miss. Matt Damon is excellent as Watney and he’s surprisingly funny at times. “The Martian” in itself is big and beautiful to watch. It has all the right touches to make it believable — think “Apollo 13” meets “Gravity.”