Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Country of Origin: USA, UK 2014 166 mins.
Released by WARNER BROS
The deafening roar of take off leads into the silence of outer space and a journey to save mankind. Global famine due to an agricultural crisis means the end of our planet.
'Interstellar' is a voyage with a team of space travellers on a mission to travel through a wormhole and into another galaxy to seek out and find a new habitable world. Led by Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot and engineer and crew members Brand (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Jenkins (Marlon Sanders), it's rockets away and blast off into the unknown.
Imaginative, stylish and spectacular with stunning visual effects, impressive edge of seat set pieces and organ music blasting in your ears makes 'Interstellar' directed by The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan a sci-fi geek's paradise but there's little depth in this save mankind journey into space. We battle with black holes, relativity, singularity and the fifth dimension and with Nolan placing the relationships within Cooper's family at the core of the film, it oozes sentimentality with floods of tears over a Texan drawl. 'Interstellar' is a spectacle but it stretches the imagination beyond any galaxy. It's all there. Cooper's family, the kindly Professor Brand (Michael Caine) with a dark interstellar secret, his daughter Amelia, the dedicated space scientist who's real mission is to find her long lost love (another space traveller) and a space suited and booted Matthew McConaughey wrestling with Matt Damon, the sole survivor of a previous mission on the cold rocky surface of a distant planet that just needed a grinning Mekon to burst through an Eagles comic billboard with Dan Dare in hot pursuit which really would have saved the day. And so we travel through time to the final reel which is literally off the wall and a family reunion with Cooper's now very old daughter, Murph (Ellen Burstyn) and her even older dad who hasn't changed at all. That's time for you and more tears.
All that's missing is a revamped George W. Bush with stetson and six guns at the ready yelling, 'Cooper saved mankind, God bless America.'
Whatever said, it's monumental, stylish and spectacular and will be a box office success.