I rank this movie high because it is really some hard sci-fi movie, and Ridley Scott does a good job after his "Alien". The audience may see no monsters or some wired robot killers here, but in this movie, you will see how science and technology really do something for human beings.
The cooperation of America and China looks like a consideration of the box office in China. The part of plot may come from "2010". Also, this movie is like a great advertisement of NASA, and NASA just announced it had found briny water still flowed on the surface of Mars.
It is so funny that Andy Weir, the author of the original novel, is afraid of traveling by air. This is really what a nerd is, isn't it?
Mark Watney: I've been thinking about laws on Mars. There's an international treaty saying that no country can lay claim to anything that's not on Earth. By another treaty if you're not in any country's territory, maritime law aplies. So Mars is international waters. Now, NASA is an American non-military organization, it owns the Hab. But the second I walk outside I'm in international waters. So Here's the cool part. I'm about to leave for the Schiaparelli Crater where I'm going to commandeer the Ares IV lander. Nobody explicitly gave me permission to do this, and they can't until I'm on board the Ares IV. So I'm going to be taking a craft over in international waters without permission, which by definition... makes me a pirate. Mark Watney: Space Pirate.
The Martian | Official Trailer
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor