‘The Martian’ is an ode to the problem-solving power of science (Our grade: B+)

This photo released by 20th Century Fox shows Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "The Martian."  (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox via AP)

This photo released by 20th Century Fox shows Matt Damon in a scene from the film, “The Martian.” (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox via AP)

It turns out that not only is “The Martian” Ridley Scott’s most enjoyable movie in years, it is also that rarest of science-fiction flicks: one with a heart of actual science.

Based on the smash hit novel by Andy Weir, there are no aliens with acid for blood, no space stations the size of moons, no warp speed: just man against nature, a story older than Jack London.

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