Run time: 166mins
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, William Devane, Ellen Burstyn and Matt Damon
Synopsis: A team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
Acclaimed director, Christopher Nolan [Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)] is known for his non-linear themes of memory and time shifts. Interstellar – in scale and scope – is his most ambitious, epic, creative and emotional film to date.
With breath-taking cinematography from Hoyte Van Hoytema [Her (2013)] and a wonderful musical score from Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight trilogy and The Lion King) Nolan has assembled a superb cast to tell his original and deeply philosophical futuristic sci-fi love story, which is based on the works of theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne, who acts as both executive producer and scientific consultant.
Interstellar opens in a near future where Planet Earth is almost barren and blighted by constant dust storms. Ex-NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club), his father Donald (John Lithgow), his son Tom and bright, feisty, ten year old daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) are scratching out a living as farmers. The pioneering spirit is absent in this New World and children are taught in school that the Apollo missions were hoax propaganda to fool the Russians during the Cold War.
Stumbling upon a series of mysterious co-ordinates leads Cooper and Murph to a secret NASA base, run by Professor Brand (Michael Caine). There he learns of a wormhole near Saturn which could provide a possible route to new planets for humanity to colonise.
Cooper is persuaded to pilot a mission with Brand’s daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway). This looks like an inevitable suicide mission, and it provides the heart- wrenching father and daughter separation theme that lies at the core of this long, spectacular film.
Interstellar poses most of the big questions about what it is to be human, alongside the astrophysics and space-time theories. It has many delights – incredible visuals complemented by superb sound design.
Matthew McConaughey turns in another charismatic performance, but there is the added delight of Michael Caine delivering Dylan Thomas’s Do not go gentle into that good night (1951) – an additional pleasure in this, the poet’s centenary year.
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