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The Martian

Having read the book, I decided to watch this enjoyable and exciting science-fiction film, which is Based on the 2011 novel by Andy Wier and directed by Ridley Scott. It takes place during the 2030s, and features the crew of Ares III, a manned mission to Mars, who have established a temporary artificial habitat, called the Hab, on Mars, where they intend to stay for two months before departing back to Earth in their spacecraft The Hermes. However Eighteen days into the Mars mission, a massive Martian storm hits the base and the crew is forced to abandon the planet due to the danger that their escape vehicle will be destroyed and leave them permanently stranded on Mars. Unfortunately While evacuating, astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is lost and presumed dead after his biomonitor is damaged. With the lives of her crew at stake, mission commander Melissa Lewis is forced to leave the planet, leaving Watney behind.

However unbeknownst to the rest of the crew Watney survives the storm and makes it back to the Hab. Unable to contact NASA and with the odds against him, Watney Faces a fight for survival on Mars until he can be rescued. However Being a resourceful fellow, Watney uses his knowledge as a Botanist to construct a makeshift farm and Habitat for himself which will allow him to grow crops that will sustain him until he can be rescued by The next Mission to Mars “Ares IV”. Watney also locates the Pathfinder probe, defunct since 1997, and uses it to regain contact with Earth and also modifies the Mars Rover in order to send and receive text messages from NASA under guidance from NASA director Teddy Sanders. However he faces many other problems in the Hab which threaten to blow him to smitherines at any given moment and he must be constantly vigilant.

Back at Mission Control Flight Director Mitch Henderson and JPL director Bruce Ng find out that Watney is still alive on Mars and face a tough decision whether to tell the other crew members who are en-route back to Earth that Watney is still alive. So Henderson comes up with an audacious plan to send a space probe to Mars and resupply Watney until Ares IV can reach him. Elsewhere The China National Space Administration (CNSA) also offers NASA a a classified booster that can carry a payload to Mars. Meanwhile Rich Purnell, a NASA astrodynamicist, tries to work out a way for the crew to return to Mars and rescue Watney…

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