The story is about one man’s incredible attempt to survive after being accidentally left behind on Mars. This is a funny, action packed, on the edge of your seat sc-fi movie. Whilst the story is often described as Castaway meets Apollo 13, it also nothing like those movies.
The main character, Mark Watney, is fortunately rather good at problem solving, which is handy when the only thing keeping you alive on an uninhabitable planet is equipment and food designed for only short term use and consumption by a full crew.
Parents and the easily offended may be pleased to note that there is a far more sparing use of the F word.
For anyone inspired by Mark’s courage, NASA will from 14th December will be recruiting for astronauts for a potential future mission to Mars. Deadline for applications is mid February 2016.