Helped by Matt Damon’s natural charm as a screen presence, this is actually a film about science and problem solving. Figure this first thing out, you’re one step closer to your goal. After you’ve found the answer to the next four puzzles, that is.
It’s funny, tense and engaging, with yet another great supporting performance from Michael Peña.
I’m so glad Ridley Scott didn’t get to put out his 165 minute first cut – it would have been wrong. The Martian is fine just as it is.
In the meantime, I’m off to stock up on duct tape, as it seems to be the solution to anything the universe can throw at a person.