Matt Damon plays an astronaut, Mark Watney, a botanist and astronaut who is a part of Ares 3, the third crewed mission to Mars. He is unfortunately left on Mars after his teammates rather Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) thinks he is dead, after a sudden storm attacks the crew and a debris falls on Mark.
However, Mark Watney surprises his NASA's Mission Control by sending a video saying he is alive. However, he has to wait for Ares 4's return to Mars, and survive on the planet with food and water to hardly last for a week. Thus using science and technological ingenuity, Mark tries to grow vegetables on Mars and make water too!
Shot mostly in Jordan, the red desert is transformed meticulously and beautifully into a Martian landscape. Scriptwriter Drew Goddard and director Ridley Scott used creatively mastered the plot which made the movie interesting and not dragged even for a minute.
Matt Damon was no doubt in his character who with his determination and emotions makes the movie a worth watch.