by Heinrich Domingo
The Martian boldly narrates the cliché tale of a survivor. With only science fiction as its armor, it courageously delivers science into the center stage without the fear of losing its plebeian audience. The movie tries hard not to fall into the hype built by its predecessors, Gravity and Interstellar – the two choosing to be emotionally and philosophically grounded. Rather, it faces the reality that science can be tedious, boring, and disappointing. In the end, it got its reward as viewers take notice on how hard facts and technicalities can be entertaining as well.