Based on the book written by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Matt Damon as Astronaut and Botanist Mark Watney. He is one member of the six member manned mission to Mars. On the crews 18th day of a 31 day mission on the planet a large dust storm occurs. The dust storm is so powerful it forces their crew commander (Jessica Chastain) to evacuate and return to their orbiting vessel Hermes. During the evacuation, Mark was struck by debris and was lost in the storm. His life suit signal was lost and he was presumed dead. The remaining crew was in immediate danger and the commander pushed back for Earth.
Watney wakes up after the storm and makes his way back to the crew's habitat. He removes a piece of antenna that was lodged in his biometric suit which caused the false reading of his death. He realizes that his crew is gone and his only hope of survival is the Aries IV crew set to arrive in four years. He counts the remaining food on board and only has a 300 day supply. Being a botanist he quickly realizes he has to find a way to grow food on a planet that no one has grown anything on before. A month goes by when he NASA notices items have been moved on a satellite images coming from Mars.
Once NASA knows Watney is alive, they begin doing everything they can to keep him that way. The first way is to open up a line of communication with him by using an old rover from the 1990s. The crew however, is left in the dark since their mission back to Earth is still in process and will take almost a year. Scientists work around the clock to think of ways to get food to Mark to keep his chances of survival high until the next crew arrives. NASA who has already told the world that Mark is dead has to come back out and tell them that he's very much alive.
Quickly the whole world begins to root for Mark to survive.
Alone on an entire planet Mark begins to dig down and try to grow food, stay sane and stay alive until NASA can get to him. What unfolds is heart warmer, at times funny and all around a great story. If you haven't seen this Oscar nominated movie then rent or buy it today! It's definitely a well deserved nomination.