Interstellar

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Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.

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In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.

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  • Oct 19, 2020
    Another epic Christopher Nolan brain-twister, this time in space. As a father, the setup is utterly frustrating as Matthew McConaughey leaves his young children behind to venture through a worm-hole to find a habitable planet next to a ginormous black-hole.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2017
    Christopher Nolan is the smartest writer/director in Hollywood, so smart that a lot of people claim his films are over their heads. The master of twists and deception made Batman real, showed us how dreams work in Inception, and brought us inside the dangerous world of magic in the Presitige. In his latest film, Interstellar, Nolan tackles the concept of time and how different it is from what we perceive. This film does have a great twist in the end and some terrific special effects, but beyond that it is one of the longest and slowest moving films I've seen in years. Once again, Humans have finally destroyed Earth and have gone looking for a new home, but outside our solar system, things are much different than they appear. Time and gravity are different concepts in different regions of space, and the effects on the crew, who had hoped to one day see their families again, diminish with each passing day. Matthew McConaughey stars and as is the case with most of his films, he's terrific. Based on some of the poor choices he made in his younger years, he has a bad rep among critics, but the fact is that he's always fun to watch, and is one of the most intense actors out there today. As for the rest of the film, it's usually Nolan's genius that makes the film unique and special, but in this instance he was too smart for his own good. The story moves very slowly and at times is more than somewhat confusing, not to mention at nearly three hours long, it's a challenge to sit through to even reach his famous twist at the end. Nolan films are something I always look forward to, as they are different and both entertain me and make me think, but in this case, I was just beyond bored and fed up with the whole thing. I guess sometimes even genius takes a holiday.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2017
    Christopher Nolan delivers another instant classic with an unforgettably beautiful soundtrack by Hans Zimmer.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2017
    Engrossing, though not riveting, and far from the masterpiece time magazine tried to indicate with their cover story. Heavily influenced by both close and counters and especially 2001, interstellar does manage some moments of transcendence and also works in part as a contemplation about man's place in the universe, how such a tiny entity can cope with living across such.inconceivable space. I liked how the Knowlens left it for the viewer to figure out this future earth they have envisioned without needing to spell every little detail. McConaughey does solid work as the reluctant spaceman , but I felt Anne Hathaway was lacking as his scientist colleague. At least she managed to give a speech about how love may be the undiscovered dimension That controls the universe without cracking up. And how weird is it that both Jessica Chastain and especially marooned astronaut Matt Damon both show up here fresh from their similar roles in the Martian?
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