“Do not go gentle into that good night; old age should burn and rage at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas
This line from the classic poem about fighting for what is right and good in the world is the theme behind the amazing space adventure that is Interstellar.
From the critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated director, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige, Inception), comes the story of a man fighting to save his family and the human race.
Matthew McConaughey (fresh off of his career defining, award winning role in The Dallas Buyers Club) stars as Cooper, a former N.A.S.A. pilot turned farmer who lives with his two children and father. After all crops worldwide are struck down with blight, effectively killing them, the human race is with limited options for survival on their home planet. In comes Cooper who, with the help of his daughter Murphy (MacKenzie Foy), stumbles upon underground headquarters of N.A.S.A who is actively working on plan to find a more habitable world in outer space.
They are headed by professor John Brand (played by the legendary Academy Award winning British actor Michael Caine) and his biologist daughter Amelia (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) who are spearheading a mission through a wormhole in space that will lead to three potential new worlds that NASA sent teams to scope out. NASA recruits Cooper to pilot the mission due to his prior experience and although he is reluctant to leave his children behind, Cooper accepts while promising his daughter that he would return. So he sets off with a team of four astronauts and a super intelligent humanoid robot into the great unknown with the hopes of preserving the human race.
Now I’ve been a fan of Christopher Nolan and his dream team for quite some time and I believe that this film is a cut above his others (yes even Inception). With its themes of fighting for survival and love overcoming insurmountable obstacles, coupled with amazing musical scores by the uber talented Hans Zimmer (another favorite of mine), and the brilliant cinematography of Wally Pfister, Interstellar shines as a sci-fi masterpiece on par with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey (which actually was the inspiration for Nolan’s work and is without a doubt one of the best films ever made).
The performances of a well put together cast featuring rising Hollywood heavyweights McConaughey and Hathaway blend together with beautifully written story made for a modern day classic space adventure. I give this film a very deserving five stars and believe it deserves consideration for Best Picture, Cinematography, Original Score, and even Screenplay at every awards show.
Review by Sean Daniel Stephens, Austin Texas
Born September 12 1989 in Killeen, Texas, Sean is a Licensed phlebotomist, an aspiring filmmaker and film enthusiast. “Growing up, I always had a love for films. That is how I bonded with family and friends. Along with my love for books, films helped to open up my imagination to new worlds and ideas.”