The Martian is a highly enjoyable movie which reminds me in some ways of Sneakers because of the all-star cast, grounded scifi premise that somehow gets turned into a light comedy/caper adventure. Nothing is actually being stolen here, but it has a lot of the elements of a caper story, with a plan to do a thing and a series of mishaps requiring creative solutions to overcome them.
Matt Damon is the titular Martian, stranded alone on the planet and forced to improvise his survival. Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena, and some guy are the rest of the crew. Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig, and the blonde girl from Halt and Catch Fire work at NASA. Donald Glover and that Asian guy from Prometheus and one IT Crowd episode (where he was the guy about Countdown who looked like he was from the Matrix) work at JPL. So, crazy cast. Halt and Catch Fire girl is much cuter with less boyish hair, and of course Kate Mara is always hot.
There were a couple points where I had to question some of the plan, or whether people would really be that into spending what is probably billions of dollars to save one guy. There was really only one storytelling choice that I thought was a mistake, but that was a combination of introducing a potential storyline, casting a highly recognizeable actor in the part, and then having a thing start to happen that would render the storyline moot. So of course the thing that started to happen would go wrong, because otherwise why have the scene or the known actor?
But that’s a pretty minor complaint. This is an excellent movie.