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by Abhishek Singh, staff reporter

Matthew McConaughey portrays Cooper, a widowed parent and former NASA pilot in Interstellar. Cooper leaves his family behind to live his dream again, but most importantly to save the world, and his family. The emotional and scientific structure of the movie brings tears and jaw dropping moments never before seen in a movie. Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Matthew McConaughey portrays Cooper, a widowed parent and former NASA pilot in Interstellar. Cooper leaves his family behind to live his dream again, but most importantly to save the world, and his family. The emotional and scientific structure of the movie brings tears and jaw dropping moments never before seen in a movie. Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

As a child, many can agree that they once thought about space, but once they grew older, they contemplated it in just a little bit more depth. The feeling of what lies above Earth, beyond the moon, was simply mind blowing and has been subject of several movies. 2001: A Space Odyssey, influenced the previous generation, all about A.I (Artificial Intelligence).

Finally in November 7, 2014, another movie has influenced viewers to think more about the galaxy, and most importantly, humanity itself, this is Christopher Nolan’s epic sci-fi movie, Interstellar.

In the near future, Earth is struggling to produce any sort of resources to provide food. Various changes happen to the world in terms of the education system, climate, and most importantly humanity. The Earth is beginning to release a second dust bowl, which would perish all minerals and resources making Earth a contaminated wasted planet.

Cooper (Matthew Mcconaughey) is a former NASA pilot, now widowed farmer taking care of his two kids. It’s clear that Cooper and his daughter, Murph, have a close bond and special connection that one can not only tell, but could feel. After the threat of second dust bowl, all hope has collapsed, and it is up to Cooper and the team at NASA to find another planet far beyond the solar system. Nolan is a rare director to be found that has the idea of characters tell the story, not the story forcefully progressing.

In previous Nolan films, the audience can feel a passion and sense the morality of the characters. Interstellar is no exception, it succeeds by creating beautifully sensed characters full of life, that serve a point. Interstellar is a very different and ambitious film, since it focuses more on the character and how they progress throughout the film to drive the plot, rather than the plot taking a lazy turn into the wrong direction. It’s clear that the movie was meant for just character exploration.

The sound of Interstellar is nothing short but spectacular. The long time collaborator, Hans Zimmer proves to raise the bar even more and drives the emotion and suspense to an entire different level. One of the best sounding track that keeps the emotion always at bay is “S.T.A.Y” which makes the entire movie fall into a masterpiece.

“Several scenes made me feel bad for the characters, while others kept me at the edge of my seat,” junior Alessandro Leto said.

Scientifically, the movie is accurate since Kip Thorne was the executive producer that had a say inside of the science. Quantum Physics inside Interstellar is a big part that is very interesting with all of the wormholes, artificial gravity, etc.

Unfortunately, one downside of the movie is that Nolan finally for once listened to his heart, rather than his own brain. The actions toward the last third of the movie show a dramatic shift inside the plot and characters begin to seem more emotional than scientific. This isn’t a bad thing, it just diminishes the credibility the movie built up for the first two hours.

Interstellar is one of the most ambitious films man has ever created, and will soon become a classic inside the sci fi genre. Nolan has once shown that tales about movies that seem impossible can be possible. From dreams to superheros, Nolan now shows a different galaxy, but most importantly, a different type of movie. A movie that pleases fans and makes sure to that they think twice when looking up at the stars.

Final VERDICT

10/10

Beautiful, and an emotional rollercoaster to keep the audience at the edge of their seat for a ride into another universe.

Matthew McConaughey portrays Cooper, a widowed parent and former NASA pilot in Interstellar. Cooper leaves his family behind to live his dream again, but most importantly to save the world, and his family. The emotional and scientific structure of the movie brings tears and jaw dropping moments never before seen in a movie. Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

 

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