Matt Damon Shines in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' - The Atlantic: "And though Watney may be alone, he’s no longer abandoned. Back on Earth, NASA employees (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis, and Donald Glover) are scrambling frantically to come up with a feasible rescue plan. So, too, are his former shipmates (Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie). Indeed, one of the most refreshing elements of The Martian is that it has no villain, no foil—apart from the inconceivable hardships of Mars, of course. There’s no craven crewmember on the Hermes who’d rather leave Watney behind, no penny-pinching bureaucrat back on Earth who says there’s not enough money for a rescue mission.
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