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InterstellarIn the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Matt Daymon, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace
Runtime: 169 min; Rated: PG-13; Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi; Released: 07 Nov 2014

I watched this one afternoon a few weeks ago on Amazon Streaming. (Yes, I am way behind on my reviews.) I would like to have seen it in iMax. It was a very good movie, and I enjoyed it, but thought the story could have been told just a little more concisely.

The story was complex, but easy to get into and follow. Perhaps some scenes at the end, designed to be a bit mind-bending, were a bit more complex. The characters and their interactions, as written, were believable. I can’t imagine there wasn’t something of a deliberate social message behind the initial story line, but it works, rings true, and is rather important to consider.

I notice soundtracks in movies, but usually comment on them only if they are bad and/or distracting. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack here was exceptional, and really did add a lot to the movie. The special effects were also good, and I didn’t think they were overdone. I understand they had a leading physicist, Kip Thorne, consult on the film, so that, inasmuch as a movie can present sciences accurately, they did. The intent was to make sure mankind’s understanding of physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and multi-dimensional space-time theories were not violated.

The casting was well-done. As usual, a favorite of mine was Michael Caine. He had a heavy role, well delivered.  Mackenzie Foy, who plays the young version of McConaughey’s daughter does an amazing job. She played the part brilliantly. McConaughey’s character was a good fit for him, and he pulled it well. Maybe the only disappointment was Matt Damon. He had a very small part, and didn’t seem to throw  himself into it like I know he’s capable.

I would recommend this movie.

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