ACIDALIA PLANITIA, Mars - Okay, a dateline is supposed to be indicative of where the author wrote the story (or in this case blog). But, admittedly, I did not visit this off-planet location, where most of the action in the movie, The Martian takes place.
(NOTE TO FILM GOERS - USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE THE MOVIE.)
The basic story and plot is simple enough. If you watch the movie trailer, you will get the drift. Unfortunately, the trailer gives away way too much. But I won't do that here.
What I will say is that this movie is full of humor with the drama. And just when you think it is going to be predictable, it surprises.
The acting by Matt Damon and the balance of cast is superb. You should recognize most of the faces - even Jeff Daniels, who, I swear, is wearing the same suit he did as TV Anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's The Newsroom.
But perhaps The Martian will help reignite space exploration by the U.S. Certainly the Chinese and other nations are passing us by. Or already have.
Interestingly, the Chinese space program plays a big role in this movie.
Recommended without reservation - a good movie and worth seeing on the big screen.