Mars will come to fear my botany powers.
The US government spent too much money rescuing Matt Damon a few times now (ie. Saving Private Ryan), and each rescue attempt is a cinematic flourish. Not being a man of science, I can't question the scientific aspects of The Martian's plot but the plot itself is gripping. This sci-fi flick deserves praises for its direction, visual effects, set design, musical score and cinematography - with the ensemble cast doing marvelously too. The thrilling effect of the rescue adventure never wore off until the ending, sustaining a crowd pleaser tone that's both intelligent and funny.