Christopher Nolan has with Interstellar created a stunning, bleak vision of the future.
Grounded with the scientific advice of Dr Kip Thorne, Christopher Nolan has taken a project that was at one time on Steven Speilberg’s shelf with a script by himself and his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and created a plausible story set in a realistic future.
The role of family and distance, the missing of key events of the life of family members, plus the feelings of those left behind all play their part in the drama that unfolds.
Set in a future where food resources are nearly exhausted, Matthew McConaughy’s character is enlisted to join a mission to try to find an alternative home for the human race on a mission that will separate him from his children. Influences for the film range from Close Encounters, to 2001 and through a whole gamut of other films and novels.
At 2hrs 49 Minutes long the film could test the endurance of some, but I found that it didn’t feel like nearly 3 hours. This is a very good film, but I can see it polarising the viewing public in much the same way as Marmite polarises. Many will feel that, whilst there is a wow factor from the visual aspects of the film, there is not enough in the way of action to keep the viewer engaged, and there may be too much science for some tastes.
Others who like a more in depth story will appreciate the fuller exploration of character, feeling and sentiment.
Here is a film that could, come awards time, give Gravity a run for its money and potentially be on the list of Great SciFi movies of the last decade.
Review by Steve Hedges