The film chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
The film chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. less
“Interstellar is the most un-Nolan film the director has ever made. It is complex, unfathomable, ambitious yet utterly dazzling and thought-provoking. Some will love it and some will not but, let it be known that this film is a class apart! ”
Interstellar is a breath of fresh air in an already clogged up landscape of Hollywood science fictions.
Set in a dystopian future not far from our times, Interstellar portrays the dying face of earth dreading an impending apocalypse. And it is not brought about by alien attacks or a World War Z but rather by ruthless exploitation of earthly resources by humans themselves. The world is in grip of massive dust storms and a crop blight that is hogging on the last traces of edible resources left on the planet for human consumption. Governments have long abandoned its military and space missions and everyone has turned their attention to farming to save themselves from starving.
Matthew McConaughey plays the lead as Cooper, a former engineer and test pilot at NASA. He and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy of Twilight fame) are led to an independently operating secret base of NASA by an unknown "them" and are met by a team of scientists lead by Dr. Bran (Michael Caine), working on a mission to save humanity from extinction. The plan is to either transport the rest of the surviving human race outside earth on an enormous space ship or to leave them stranded there but save human species from extinction by colonizing a habitable exoplanet with human seed bank. For the former plan to work, Dr. Bran would have to solve an equation which would enable NASA to launch the enormous spaceship to outer space overcoming earth's gravity. Cooper leaves for the mission to locate the exoplanet believed to be lying on the other side of a worm hole placed near Saturn by mysterious beings, with Amelia (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi) in a hope that Bran would solve it by the time they return.
The rest of the movie would let you go space nuts with its impeccable visual extravaganza (Hoyte van Hoytema, take a bow!) woven into an unpredictable narrative that only Nolan could pull off! Hans Zimmer adds depth in the right places with his brilliant score. My favorite whoa-moment in the movie was definitely the wormhole travel. I wish I got to see that in IMAX.
An interesting phenomenon on internet, post interstellar release is how people are busy contriving ways to find scientific inaccuracies in the film. This is what happens when you keep delivering masterpieces one after the other. Nolan has raised the bar for himself so high with The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception that people have placed ridiculously high expectations on him. I think it's a bit unfair to bash Nolan for the scientific flaws when Interstellar is way ahead in the league of space exploration movies to emerge out of Hollywood. At least it didn't throw up the usual sci-fi junk with inter galactic battles employing light sabers and laser ray guns. I think the idea was to make an interesting movie and not a physics documentary film. I could tune into Discovery Channel on TV for that, thank you.
Leaving science to the comfort of fantasy, the story got me really tensed at certain places though. Like the punch up drama between Matt and Cooper on Matt's planet was too much to take (as if the already existing issues of time dilation and limited fuel supply weren't enough to play the role of an antagonist) and I was like 'whaat?! L' seeing the emotional indifference of Murph's children when they meet Cooper for the first time. Grandfather returns after a century long space mission which saved the entire humanity. Just meh stuff. We would rather stare at our mother's glucose bottle instead of saying hello to grandfather who survived a black hole.
To wrap up, Interstellar paints an optimistic imagery about the future and leaves us with a hope that our intelligence and love for each other would make us outlive all the adversities to come. And it reaffirms the fact that Nolan is the ultimate masterpiece vending machine. I doubt if he is human at all.