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Movie Review: Interstellar

by Dillon Meehan

In the futuristic blockbuster Interstellar, earth is no longer suitable for life, with massive dust storms destroying crops due to the world’s lack of environmental awareness.

Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, a former NASA pilot and engineer turned farmer, who is tasked with leaving Earth to find a planet suitable for life.

The film was directed, written, and produced by Christopher Nolan who has directed nine blockbusters such as Inception, the Batman trilogy and criminally underrated The Prestige, this may be his best one yet.

In an effort to make the film as scientifically accurate as possible, former Caltech Institute of Technology professor Kip Throne worked as a consultant for the film to assist with accuracy while still making the film aesthetically pleasing to viewers.

Nolan uses the beginning of the film to introduce Cooper’s family and to describe the situation on Earth. A world where test scores at the start of high school will dictate a persons career and kids are taught that the Apollo space missions were fake and merely used to bankrupt the Soviets. Cooper’s family includes Donald his deceased wife’s father, his son Tom who is oldest child and Murphy his young and bright daughter.

The movie starts slow, until Cooper finds what is left of NASA, which is being run by McConaughey’s former boss, Professor Brand, played by Michael Caine (a recurring collaborator in Nolan’s films.) Viewers are also introduced to Brand’s daughter Amelia, played by Anne Hathaway. It is at this time when the story begins to pick up, after Cooper learns of Brand’s mission, he is faced with the decision to watch the world go to waste or leave his children, possibly for decades.

With the plot beginning to thicken the mission starts. We are introduced to TARS and CASE, two sarcastic ex-military robots that aid Cooper and his team throughout their mission. Throughout the next hour, viewers are shocked with the visually stunning space travel, waves the size of the Himalayas, betrayal and murder.

Nolan’s refusal to use green screens, coupled with only a small dose of CGI, makes Interstellar a visual masterpiece. With Hans Zimmer’s sound blasting, the audience will often feel as though they are with the crew at all times.

The final third of the movie makes the film remarkable. The events that transcribe throughout the last hour will put the audience on the edge of their seats. Due to space travel, hours in one place are decades back on Earth, and McConaughey is forced to be away from his family, only being able to contact them via recordings.

Interstellar is far from your typical sci-fi movie. With its star-studded cast, brilliant cinematography, Nolan proves once again why he is Hollywood’s biggest thing. McConaughey has been on a roll as of late; Interstellar joins Dallas Buyer’s Club and HBO’s critically acclaimed crime drama True Detective, as some of the best works of film over the past year.