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Total Crap: 11.11%

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by Greg Ursic

"Not so stellar"
3 stars

Despite the constant warnings about global warming and daily doses of environmental disasters on the news, there seems to be a lack of political will to tackle the issues at hand. So if the Chicken Littles are right this time around, what will we do when the sky starts falling? As the saying goes, :There is no Planet B".

In the late 21st century, the earth is being ravaged by droughts and dust storms and crops are dying en masse. Coop (Matthew McConaughey ), a former test pilot now fledgling farmer like almost everybody else, is just struggling to get by. But when his daughter begins experiencing strange phenomena it sets him on a path that will take him away from his family, and time and space as he knows it.

It’s hard to review a movie when there are so many potential spoilers you must avoid, so if you haven’t seen a trailer for Interstellar and know nothing about the story, stop reading now….

Okay, you've been duly warned.

It turns out that NASA, which supposedly disbanded after the breakdown of the global economic system, went underground, and they need Cooper’s help to follow up with several explorers who recently set off through a worm hole in search of other inhabitable worlds. If he accepts, he may never see his kids again, and may find nothing, but the alternative, is to sit back and watch the earth wither to nothing; either way, it’s a lousy set of choices .

Interstellar is slow out of the gate, but the pace picks up once the protagonists get airborne (spaceborne?). McConaughey, who wasted years in rom-com hell, imbues Coop with an indomitable spirit, without straying in to melodrama, and taps in to the gravitas necessary to hold this epic together. Some of the movie’s most powerful moments come from the scenes he shares with Mackenzie Foy, the young actor who plays his daughter Murph. Other notables include Matt Damon’s manic performance as one of the aforementioned explorers, Jessica Chastain as the elder Murph ( no one can cry like her) and Bill Irwin who voices TARS, the smart ass marine robot along for the journey (don’t worry, he’s no HAL).

The movie boasts some IMAX worthy cinematography, including the two potential second earths (Iceland was the stand in with the aid of some CGI rendering) and one of the most scientifically accurate representations of a black hole (or at least that’s what we’re told) ever depicted onscreen. The story boasts some interesting twists, ponderings on man’s place in the universe, surprisingly humorous moments and some serious science. The latter, however, proves problematic.

Unless you’re a big fan of quantum theory, and Mobius strip-style plotting, the narrative gets pretty dense and will leave many viewers bored, confused or both. This is exacerbated by the fact that Interstellar is ear-bleedingly loud, and like Bane’s muffled banter in the Dark Knight Rises, you often miss key dialogue. Throw in a played out Dylan Thomas quote and the 170 runtime, and you’re left with some serious obstacles.

Had the brothers Nolan focussed more on the relationships between the characters and trimmed down the convoluted scientific elements and the runtime, this could have been smart, accessible and entertaining, rather than a dense arthouse piece.

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User Comments

2/24/19 Dom V SciFi Junk at its worst. Stale story, boring chracters, completely illogical. 1 stars
10/30/16 morris campbell 2 long 2 dramatic but a cool sci-fi adventure none the less 4 stars
4/23/16 Stephen undeniably flawed, but decent 3 stars
3/05/16 dfgfd you review is shitty 5 stars
2/23/16 Lily "Banalities" in interstellar. Either you're from the future or have brain damage. 5 stars
12/17/15 lars Hilariously ridiculous review, from a guy who gave 5-stars for Borat and Noah! BS review. 4 stars
12/02/15 Fekinawsome Lemme guess, you are on of those who think Spielberg is one of the best directors of al tym 5 stars
11/30/15 CoolDood Spot on review. This movie was over-sentimental trash. Perfect for the morons who loved it. 1 stars
10/17/15 whitedave I saw this movie before it came out, via wormhole...come back yesterday for my review 2 stars
9/21/15 Jason Bang on review. 3 stars
9/04/15 Cole Agreed it has its faults. However, you fail to see the beauty in this film. 5 stars
8/25/15 The only person that matters It was amazing! It was very deep and at sometimes hard to understand but i loved every minu 5 stars
8/06/15 George Too much chat, not enough splat. Liked the wormhole part. 3 stars
7/31/15 TheGreatTone Overambitious, far too long, over-sentimental and ignores climate change 2 stars
7/27/15 J_Cornelius "recitations from the higher-mind quantum-magick grimoire" aka SF BS 1 stars
7/27/15 Kris Fuck your 7 month old review, you fucking cunt. As if this actually affects Wow 5 stars
7/20/15 Johnny Completely ignorant and stupid review. Rob Gonsalves, this movie went over your head. 5 stars
7/17/15 Greg You sir are a hack of a movie critic, and this review is utter garbage 4 stars
7/13/15 zenny relativity forces me to be quick, so one word: wow 5 stars
7/04/15 Bob Dog I agree with Rob Gonsalves - Interstellar is "stale farts". 1 stars
5/03/15 Cooler Great film 5 stars
4/20/15 mr.mike I recommend it to sci-fi buffs only. 4 stars
2/26/15 stanley welles a grand display visually, emotionally and mentally 5 stars
2/19/15 Jack Love behind a bookcase. I can't believe how bad this movie was. 1 stars
2/06/15 Crazy Frog tastes like chicken 5 stars
1/23/15 Langano Well done. 4 stars
12/18/14 star child a classic that will be loved across the threshold of time... i promise 5 stars
11/18/14 MVC If it wasnt for Nolan this would of been straight to DVD 4 stars
11/18/14 The Big D Combines ideas from Inception and Disney's Black Hole--part sappy; part thought-provoking. 4 stars
11/17/14 glzcarl just OK. Don't know what happened to Catwoman, 3 stars
11/11/14 Chris Science is incredibly wrong and Hathaway is a troll 2 stars
11/10/14 KingNeutron 1st half was tedious and needed rewrite, but there IS a pretty good payoff at the end 4 stars
11/10/14 jervaise brooke hamster I want to bugger Anne Hathaway 5 stars
11/09/14 Butt Best & worst of 2001 & Star Trek: TMP with a side of Matt Smith era DW to really mess it up 2 stars
11/08/14 Monday Morning Peter Sobczynski - thanks for the fucking Declaration of Independence, single-spaced. 3 stars
11/08/14 Bob Dog Bad melodrama - it's awful. 1 stars
11/08/14 Darkstar The outer space stuff was amazing. 4 stars
11/07/14 TonyK So wrong on so many levels - appalling! 1 stars
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