Interstellar


Interstellar

Interstellar Movie Poster

Review by Lucía Santiago Dantés. Note: If you haven’t seen the film please be aware this review contain spoilers. Interstellar is a sci-fi film directed by Christopher Nolan better known for helming Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy and Memento. Just to mention a few of them. It’s a great film and without a doubt it would be nominated for several Awards. Although a science fiction film, Interstellar has references to the paranormal and Alien contact. Just to remind us at the end, there’s a scientific explanation of everything or almost everything… even ghosts or aliens. Interstellar has several readings, and that’s why it became one of the most intriguing films of the year gaining a spot among the top 10 films among critics. It is also about the common mistakes in human kind: brilliant but manipulative minds (for good or evil, we get to see both) with hidden agendas but at the end it is all solved thanks to a brilliant mind. Interstellar it is also about the relationship between parents and their children, and that’s a powerful and universal feeling that drives audiences into the core of the story. It is also a film that invites you to think of humankind as specie, and where are we heading off if we keep abusing nature and polluting our home. The film also contain visual references and sound design along with soundtrack that audiences relate with 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968). But also has its own mesmerizing beauty. If you are wondering who’s the cinematographer it’s no other than swiss D.O.P. Hoyte Van Hoytema better known for his work on “Let the Right One In” (2008) and “Her” (2013) For me, it was a bit predictable the story about who was behind the ghost incident and how the time/space travelling was going to end up. But maybe it’s just that I watched too many movies about it and anime stories with weirder and more adventurous plot lines.  The tesseract sequence is a bit implausible but still good enough to deliver the story in terms of the cinematic world created. Audiences tend to disregard this kind of arguments as long as there’s a good ending to the story; and that’s how it works for the film.   The story is placed in a dystopian future, where a widowed engineer turned into a farmer named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) lives in a rural community with his 2 children and father in law Donald (John Lithgow, most famous for his role as Dick Solomon on the TV series 3rd rock from the sun, 1996).   Murphy (Mackenzie Foy) who’s 10 years old when the movie starts, believes she has a ghost in her room as the books and some other objects constantly fly from their shelves. Cooper knows ghosts don’t exist, and both try to find a logical explanation for the phenomena. They agree there’s someone or something trying to communicate with them. Both figure out the message and find out there’s a secret base from NASA near their home. There, Cooper meets Professor Brand (Michael Cane), an old colleague from his days in NASA, who explains all plants are dying because of the high concentration of nitrogen in the air and soon there will be no living creature in the planet. But there’s hope in space. NASA discovered a wormhole named Gargantua that wasn’t there before. Prof. Brand and some other scientists believe some fifth dimensional alien intelligence put it there to help humanity leave the planet. After sending the first explorers, they do know now there are several planets on the other side of the wormhole that might be habitable and ask Cooper to go on this mission. After all, he was one of the best pilots at NASA. Cooper reluctantly accepts pilot the ship but asks to take care of their children, especially Murphy. Tom (Timothée Chalamet) his older son is sad but Murphy is devastated. She can’t accept watching her father leave. Murphy feels abandoned. She also finds out that the books thrown from the shelves are an anagram for the message STAY. But Cooper doesn’t even pay attention and leaves. Cooper leaves along with Prof. Brand’s daughter: biologist Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), Romilly (David Gyasi), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and 2 robots TARS and CASE. The first planet they arrive proves inhabitable as is just water, the second is cold and desertic but they discover one survivor Dr. Mann (Matt Damon) who lies about the data recollected in order to rescue him. Mann tries to kill Cooper but succeed in killing Romilly and scape to take over the spaceship to return to Earth. The plan fails but Cooper and Amelia has to face the fact they don’t have enough fuel to go back to earth, so Cooper and TARS decide to be left behind in order for Amelia to go to the last planet and establish a new colony. Again, saved by what they believe are these fifth dimensional aliens, Cooper and SARS end up inside a tesseract connecting to Murphy’s childhood. Cooper realizes that they are not aliens but people from the future trying to communicate with Murphy so she can solve the unfinished equation that will lead humankind exodus to Edmunds, the final planet.   As he finishes his task he is rescued to the colony Murphy started many years ago. Cooper finally gets to see her daughter, now a senior. They both make amends in their relationship and ask him to go to Amelia, now alone in a dessert planet. Leaving the story open to a possible following adventure or sequel that might get done or not.  

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