Star Trek Into Darkness is what you would expect from a hollywood blockbuster — lots of action, explosions, and spectacle. What’s fun at the time will probably be forgettable in the future. That said, I was bought by the charm of the characters and the chemistry of their actors.
The humorous and optimistic tone of The Martian was unexpected (especially after watching the story's catalyst play out on screen — a dark alien storm, the decision to leave behind a presumably dead man, and a very tense scene where Matt Damon performs surgery on himself). While the tone offered a distinction from similar sci-fi titles that have hit theatres, it also undercut the stakes fundamental to the premise. That, plus too heavy a reliance on using video logs as a device for exposition after exposition after exposition, makes The Martian something I would not recommend to others despite enjoying elements of it.