• Name: Interstellar
• Year: 2014
• Country: USA/UK
• Director: Christopher Nolan
• Main cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
• Runtime: 169 minutes
• Production company: Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures
As it couldn’t be different in a film directed by Christopher Nolan, this sci-fi story is one of the movies you have to watch if you enjoy cinema. So if you haven’t done it yet, go watch it!! and then come back to read this review.
The story is set in an apocalyptic planet Earth, not so far from nowadays, and not so unreal. The ressources and food have been exploited and almost exhausted, and the only hope for the human race to survive is to find a new planet with similar conditions that allows life. Certainly, it looks like something we may be needing to do soon… The humans face not only the end of the world, but also the lack of faith in science and the great discoveries that have been made related to the universe. It’s a frustrating situation for a pilot that has always searched for progress and adventures, and has to see himself reduced to farming in an environment that looks more and more like a desert (does this situation look familiar to you? It reminds me of Luke Skywalker).
This man, Cooper, gets involved by a sort of chance and destiny into the last expedition that holds our race fate, but not only because of survival instincts, but for a much human cause: he has two children, and does want to give them a future. He’s a father fighting and putting himself to the limit because of love, and that motor is more powerful than anything else. Cooper (with all the character and charisma provided by Matthew McConaughey) not only has to deal with the challenge of space travel, new worlds laws or time relativity, but also, as most of humans, has to face the difficulty of having a family he cares for, a young daughter that was angry with him when he left, and the sometimes confronted priorities of saving humanity instead of the ones he love. That creates a special empathy with the spectator, that probably doesn’t know what it is to feel the world destiny’s on his hands, but surely does have experience in feeling love and bindings like in a family.
This point, plus the fact that the plot is based on our current knowledge of physics and astronomy, turns the story into a realistic tale in the boundaries of possibility, with very human heros and emotional charge. I would say it’s one of the most moving sci-fi stories I’ve ever seen, from one of the best directors we have nowadays.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816692/
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