Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Christopher Nolan|
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Cinematography||Hoyte van Hoytema|
|Edited by||Lee Smith|
|Running time||169 minutes|
Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, the film features a team of space travelers who travel through awormhole in search of a new habitable planet. It was written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; Christopher combined his idea with a script developed by his brother in 2007 for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. He produced the film with Obst and his wife, Emma Thomas. Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the film, acted as both scientific consultant and executive producer.
Warner Bros., which produced and distributed some of Nolan’s previous films, negotiated with Paramount for a financial stake in Interstellar. Legendary Pictures, which formerly partnered with Warner Bros., also sought a stake. The three companies co-financed the film, and the production companies Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions were enlisted. The director also hired cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema since Nolan’s long-time collaborator Wally Pfister was busy working on Transcendence, his directorial debut. Interstellar was filmed with a combination of anamorphic 35 mm andIMAX 70 mm film photography. Filming took place in the last quarter of 2013 in locations in the province of Alberta,Canada, in southern Iceland, and in Los Angeles, California. The visual effects company Double Negative created visual effects for Interstellar.
Interstellar premiered on October 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Theatrically, it received a limited release in North America (United States and Canada) on November 5, 2014 and a wide release on November 7, 2014. It was also released in Belgium, France and Switzerland on November 5, 2014 and in additional territories in the following days, including the United Kingdom on November 7, 2014. For the limited release in North America, it was released in 70 mmand 35 mm film formats in 249 theaters which still project the formats, including at least 41 70 mm IMAX theaters. For the wide release, it expanded to theaters that show it in digital format. Paramount Pictures is distributing the film in North America, and Warner Bros. distributes it in the remaining territories.
In the near future, Earth is no longer able to sustain humanity. Crops are being gradually wiped out by a blight, dust storms scour the land, and humankind has regressed to a failing agrarian society. The blight thrives on nitrogen, reducing the oxygen in the atmosphere and placing future generations at risk of suffocation. Cooper, a former NASA test pilot and engineer-turned-farmer lives with his family: his father-in-law, Donald; his son, Tom; and his ten year-old daughter, Murphy—better known as “Murph”—who believes that their house is haunted by a poltergeist that is trying to communicate with her. Cooper one day locates a drone flying over his field aimlessly which he is able to bring down after some efforts and he realizes that it was riding over gravitational anomalies, which makes him recollect his earlier unsuccessful flight attempt while working in NASA after which he had given up flying. Cooper then challenges Murph to prove the ghost’s existence through scientific inquiry. He later discovers the “ghost” is an unknown form of intelligence sending them coded messages by means of gravitational waves, altering the dust on the floor in a binary pattern that directs them to the coordinates of a secret NASA installation led by Professor Brand, formerly one of Cooper’s professors.
At the NASA site, Brand reveals to Cooper that humanity’s fight to survive is a losing battle, but the discovery of a wormhole orbiting Saturn has given mankind a chance for survival. NASA scientists believe that extra-dimensional beings are communicating with them and have created the wormhole for humanity’s use. Cooper is recruited to pilot Endurance, an experimental spacecraft, to follow the Lazarus Mission, a series of manned capsules sent through the wormhole to survey a dozen potential planets’ long-term habitability. Once their viability is confirmed, humanity would follow aboard NASA facilities, which have been constructed on Earth to serve as gigantic space stations. The resulting data from the Lazarus Mission has given NASA three potentially habitable planets: Miller, Edmunds, and Mann, named after the astronauts who carried out the surveys.
Cooper’s decision to join the Endurance crew as the team’s pilot breaks Murph’s heart, and the two part on bad terms. Before leaving, Cooper leaves a watch with Murph matched with the time in his own watch and tells her that it is the hope that he will return upon which she has to trust. He joins Brand’s daughter, Amelia; physicist Romilly; geographer Doyle; and two multi-purpose artificially intelligent robots—designated CASE and TARS—on a two-year spaceflight to the wormhole before crossing over into the new galaxy. While traversing the wormhole, Amelia encounters an extra-dimensional presence that she believes has created the wormhole to save humanity.
Once through, Endurance follows the signal left by Miller’s expedition, but they quickly encounter a problem: the candidate planet is orbiting in close proximity to Gargantua, a supermassive rotating black hole. Due to its gravitational pull, time on the planet is much slower than on Earth. For every hour that passes in the vicinity of the planet, seven years pass in normal space. Cooper, Amelia and Doyle, take a lander to the planet’s surface, while Romilly remains on Endurance to make scientific observations of Gargantua. The expedition crew discover that the planet’s surface is inhospitable. It is completely covered with a two foot deep ocean, which is constantly roiled by giant tidal waves racing across its surface. Doyle is killed by a wave as the crew attempt to retrieve Miller’s data recording instrument, and their departure is delayed for more than an hour. Upon boarding the Endurance, Cooper and Amelia discover that twenty-three years have passed for Romilly.
While I loved the imagery, the plot, and the acting… And almost everything else about this movie, its ending needed one last scene, just a second long. Without it, it felt incomplete. I understand why it ends how it does, but it left me unsatisfied and I don’t like that in a movie. In a book I’ve invested days of my time and if I have to wait until the next book to get to the end it is ok. I’m reading to escape the real world anyway. But there won’t be an Interstellar Two so we will NEVER know. All of that said, I highly recommend this to all human beings who do not understand that we will soon overpopulate this planet and destroy our own infrastructure as a civilized world if the problem isn’t addressed. I mean it won’t happen while I’m alive, but it will happen, and the technology of the movie is sadly light years beyond our reality. 5 Stars – A true MUST SEE – MR
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