Collective Empathy

I saw THE MARTIAN for the second time tonight. It's one of those rare films I actually enjoyed seeing in a packed theater, knowing that everyone in the audience was as invested in the story as I was, hearing the collective empathy of the room as we gasped, laughed, and cried together.

It's not often that I enjoy being in a crowd full of strangers (probably because I'm an incurable misanthrope). But movies like this give me hope for the human race...