The future is unwritten and there have been many storytellers that try and put forth their own vision of a possible future. Since the inception of film, people have wanted to explore the possibilities of a future from flying cars, space travel, extraterrestrial beings, and colonizing other planets.
Interstellar goes a similar, yet different direction. Based on theories of physicist Kip Thorne, this film dives into the possibilities that could exist in the correct cosmic consistencies. Simply put, are there ways to travel into other dimensions and further explore deep space through the use of wormholes and extended space travel? A pile of theories , physics, and math say yes. But it took Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) to bring it to awareness, at least in film form. Christopher and his brother Jonathan penned the screenplay about a struggling farmer in the not too distant future plagued with a food shortage and devastating rolling dust storms. Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, the farmer who also has experience in engineering in a former life, a life before humanity scraped to survive. He and his children and his father in law are living day to day in a society on the brink of collapse until one day, Cooper and his daughter see something peculiar which leads them into an adventure to find the answer. Upon investigation, they stumble upon the remnants of NASA where there is a mission underway to save humanity….by leaving Earth behind.
The mission, to find another world that can sustain human life. Cooper is enlisted to join this mission to save mankind, along with Brand (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley), and Romilly (David Gyasi). The crew blasts off with a series of possibilities, physics theories, and artificial intelligent robots to help along the way.
This film, in my opinion, demands no spoilers and I won’t provide any in this article. But I will say that the film takes many different turns both exciting and imaginative. The film also keeps tabs on the people left behind on Earth like Cooper’s kids, and Brand’s father who is the brains behind the science and the mission, played by Micheal Caine, which is a nice touch.
Stylistically speaking, this movie takes pages from Carl Sagan and Stanley Kubrick as it was visually stunning yet simplistic. It left me feeling insignificant in the world, which is impressive for a film. It moved me to the point of wonder. The payoff at the end was true to Nolan form. Some cons to it were the sheer tech talk which would probably thrill a physicist or engineer, but for an average movie-goer would be over their heads. Wonderful performances by McConaughey, Hathaway, a nice role for Michael Caine, and a few other faces you may recognize as well.
I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because it is so delightful in its imagery and story, but the dock in a star comes from being a little too technical at some points. If you get a chance to see this on a big screen, go take that chance. It is absolutely amazing on a large screen with great sound! This film is rated PG-13, 169 minutes long, and playing at the Quarry Cinema and Parkwood 18.