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Silver screen spotlight: "Interstellar"

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In the new movie “Interstellar,” main character Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) says in his Southern drawl, “Mankind was born on the earth, wasn’t meant to die here.”

Directed by Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar”, with its A-list cast, is a film worthy of praise that is sure to stretch the mind of anyone who watches it.

The movie begins by showing an apocalyptic America trying to survive the literal end of the world.
With dust clouds swarming and air no longer worthy of breathing, people are aware that there isn’t much time left on Earth.

Cooper, an ex-NASA pilot, is father to both Murphy (Mackenzie Foy and Jessica Chastian) and Tom (Timothee Chalamet and Casey Affleck).

Murphy is a child genius. Together, she and Cooper discover what seems to be a sign from a species derived from a different universe.

As they decode the coordinates given, it leads them to the secret headquarters of NASA.

There, Cooper runs into his old colleague, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), Brand’s intelligent daughter, Amelia (Anne Hathaway), and the rest of the team.

Immediately upon reuniting, Cooper is asked by Dr. Brand to go on a space mission to save the people of the Earth by traveling through five different dimensions.

According to Dr. Brand, the different species that are classified as ‘they’, are sending signals that are meant to help save the human race.

The solution is to find a healthier planet worthy of living so that humans can move to inhabit it.

Although the mission sounds incredible, the only thing keeping Cooper back are his children. Ultimately, he decides that by going on this mission, he will be able to save his beloved children.

Christopher Nolan is staying consistent with the popular fad of creating an ‘end of the world’ scenario for humans.

Through the use of this tactic, strengths of characters are able to shine. When put in a situation that is essentially life or death, the concept of sacrifice becomes very prevalent.

Although “Interstellar” plays with exciting themes and plot, it neglects to pay attention to the smaller details.

In the beginning of the movie as mentioned, it shows large dust clouds covering landscapes and people living without modern amenities. It is then assumed that the movie is based in the thirties when the Dust Bowl was prevalent and people were struggling to survive.

This becomes confusing when the movie switches to NASA and all of its high tech equipment associated with sending Cooper’s crew into space.

Not until the very end does it become especially clear that the movie is based in future times.

Even though “Interstellar” is almost three hours long, the action and anticipation throughout the film helps keep a devoted interest.

Multiple plot twists and graphics that can only be depicted by space make the film exciting and aesthetically pleasing to watch. “Interstellar” is sure to blow the minds of anyone who watches it.


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