Even though you know from the very beginning it is a science fiction film, you as a viewer and member of the audience feel united towards this lone space ranger, adrift away from home. You feel his failures and celebrate his achievements, and thus without noticing accept the great performance by Matt Damon as he succumbs to a Martian world. At the same time, Ridley Scott’s achievement for adhering to reality is commendable. Involving NASA to oversee every detail in the film was a great decision, as it makes you forget it actually is science fiction and wonder when an expedition of such caliber will become a reality. Lastly, it is great to see films uniting countries instead of separating them (the usual plots of country vs country), and the movie itself sustains a “good-feel” vibe from start to end.