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3. Mark Watney, ‘The Martian’

In a lot of films where the main character finds themselves stranded in a remote location, the result is a human interest story that focuses on someone who learns to endure hardship and pick up basic skills. In The Martian, Matt Damon is an astronaut who’s forced to rely not on his wits, but on his extensive intellect, to survive. Generating oxygen and food on an alien environment requires Damon’s genius-level character to pull from an insane body of knowledge that would make most people dizzy.


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