Christopher Nolan has gifted Hollywood with yet another brilliant addition to his arsenal of heart-racing, adrenaline-filled films. Stars both familiar and unfamiliar meshed together to create a meaningful movie that kept viewers on the edge of their seats, anxious for more.
Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper (Coop), a space pilot tasked with finding a habitable planet, which will become humanity’s new home. In a world torn apart by famine, drought and intense weather changes, human life is coming to an end. Only the crew of the spaceship Endurance, a small group of astronauts who have never been out of the atmosphere, can travel through space and time in order to save mankind.
Coop, a former astronaut turned farmer, is devoted to his children. When humanity is threatened with extinction and he’s asked to depart to space once more, Coop must decide between remaining with his children and finding them a better home. Coop is joined on his quest by Dr. Brand (Anne Hathaway), the daughter of the expedition’s main scientist, and two other astronauts. There is also room on board for a sarcastic, albeit monotone, robot whose snarky comments serve to lighten the mood of a film otherwise filled with intense life-or-death situations and tsunami covered planets.
These touches of humor are an infrequent reminder to enjoy the smaller aspects of life. Although their occurrences were few and far in between, these moments turned an otherwise excellent movie into an absolute masterpiece. Nolan recognized the need for catharsis within a dramatic montage of sudden deaths, attempted murder and the race against the clock, and he delivered in a way that left viewers eager for the movie’s next scene.
This film serves as a great discussion on the future of Earth. Nolan’s prodigious use of special effects and parallel realities gave audience members a glimpse into the possibilities of our planet and an insight into mankind’s willingness to fight against the ever-present threat of extinction. The actors’ chemistry was amazing, and their style of acting fit in well with the direction of the film.
“Interstellar” runs 169 minutes, which completely follows the pattern of films lasting for longer than two hours which Nolan has maintained throughout his directing career. Although the movie seemed to drag on in a few scenes, the overall product managed to effortlessly capture and maintain the audience’s attention, while its suspenseful tone and impressive dialogue continually drew viewers into the characters’ world, enabling them to truly connect with the story at hand.
Overall, “Interstellar” is a nail-biting adventure that thrills viewers with its exciting storyline and mind-boggling effects. It’s well worth the price of a movie ticket.