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Amazing Movie Reviews: Interstellar

Reviewed by Perry Chen, Movie Reviewer


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In the near future, Earth’s oxygen is beginning to run out and humanity has devolved into a farming society in the new IMAX sci-fi film Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception). Natural resources have been depleted, natural disasters run rampant, and humans face extinction within a generation.

After receiving a mysterious binary message written in dust, ex-NASA pilot and mechanical engineer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter Murph stumble upon a secret NASA base led by his former professor. There, he learns that a wormhole had been discovered near Saturn, leading to a distant galaxy harboring three potentially habitable planets. Cooper is recruited as the pilot of space station Endurance, where he will travel with a small team of three scientists and two robots to find a suitable planet for humanity to colonize. However, his decision to leave breaks his daughter’s heart, because the mission is estimated to take more than 40 yeas. Cooper vows to return to his daughter, but at what cost?

The visuals for Interstellar are breathtaking. The sounds are so loud I could feel the reverberations in my seat. When the rocket launched, I could feel the low thundering rumbles, and when Cooper drove his van through the vast cornfield, the sound of snapping stalks and foliage added tremendously to the realism of each scene. It is apparent that the filmmakers of Interstellar tried to push the realism as far as it could go to be accurate to real world physics, attempting to simulate the visual effect of how light bends around a black hole, showing the way that low gravity affects objects, and taking into consideration that sound doesn’t travel in space.

Even with all the positive aspects of the film, Interstellar has one critical flaw: the ending is utter nonsense. To force this movie into the mold of a happy ending destroys the laws of physics, logic, and most importantly, all of the suspense that had been rapidly building up over the course of this 169-minute film. Personally, I think if the film had ended earlier at the 5th dimension, it would have been perfect. I give Interstellar 3.5 starfish.

(3.5 out of 5 starfish)

(3.5 out of 5 starfish)