Part doomsday, part space and time travel, “Interstellar” depicts man’s never-ending quest to survive, even if it means reaching the far ends of the galaxy.
“Interstellar” is a 2014 science fiction film made by brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan and inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, his wife Emma Thomas and Lynda Obst of Lynda Obst Productions, alongside Syncopy, co-financed by Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, and Legendary Pictures, the film showed scientific creativity, life, and hope — all within nearly three hours of drama, suspense and action.
In a future where life on Earth is inching to destruction, ex-NASA pilot Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, was given a chance to give his two children a better future in a new planet. Cooper was then sent on a mission by Professor John Brand (Michael Caine) to find a new habitable planet among three pre-selected planets, accompanied by Brand’s daughter Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), Romilly, (David Gyasi) and Doyle (Wes Bentley). The story goes on, showing their discoveries on each planet and if they were truly able to find a new home.
“Interstellar” premiered in the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 26, 2014 then released in North America on Nov. 5, 2014 and in the United Kingdom on Nov. 7, 2014. It has been considered a box office success, generally receiving positive reviews and scored 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
James Berardinelli of ReelViews comments on the film as a movie theater experience, and that it “deserves to be watched on a big screen with the best sound system possible.”
Meanwhile, A.O. Scott of New York Times describes “Interstellar” to be “full of visual dazzle, thematic ambition, geek bait and corn (including the literal kind), [and] is a sweeping, futuristic adventure driven by grief, dread and regret.”
Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine thinks of the movie as “double-domed and defiantly serious … [and] is a must-take ride with a few narrative bumps.”
In contrast, Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal thinks that “Christopher Nolan's 168-minute odyssey through the space-time continuum is stuffed with stuff of bewildering wrongness.” Likewise, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post states that “for a movie about transcending all manner of dimensions, ‘Interstellar’ ultimately falls surprisingly flat.”
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