Expansive and intimate, director Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN (2015) finds hope even in isolation, celebrating the ingenuity of humankind in all its forms – including the ability to grow potatoes from human feces on the distant red planet’s barren wastelands. The film was recognized in the year of its release with a 2015 AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “THE MARTIAN takes us to another planet to illustrate what it is to be human. This epic tale of survival is directed with cosmic wonder by Ridley Scott, who fills space with breathtaking spectacle but saves the film’s greatest wonderment for the mind of man. Matt Damon’s singular performance orbits all aspects of human emotion — embodying a united world’s boundless capacity for hope, sparked by the soaring power of science.”
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