The Martian is simply put, a phenomenal film. The story follows Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, who while during a violent dust storm on a mission to Mars, gets separated from his crew on the way to their ship. They believe him to be dead and leave him on Mars as they return home to Earth. Now stranded, Watney has to find a way to survive till he can contact NASA and coordinate a return home. You might think I just spoiled the whole movie for you, but this is literally the first 5-10 minutes! Now, I wouldn't blame anyone thinking that a movie like this might be a downer, but it is not. The Martian is a movie that balances all of the intensity of the situation with humor and heart. Matt Damon's performance is comforting even when things get rough and the character personalities are all so great from every actor involved, that you care what happens. In short, The Martian is a movie about the triumph of the human spirit (I know, a cliche), and the ability of the human spirit to problem solve in order to survive.