Release year: 2014
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi
The story of a team of explorers as they travel through a wormhole in order to find a habitable planet that can sustain humanity in the future.
This could have been boring in lesser hands, but it is in the hands of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight 2008) who with this movie further establishes himself as one of the best directors working today. His decision to build as many real environments as possible, gives the movie a raw and gritty look that adds to the realism of it making the horror of the possible destinction of humanity almost unbearably realistic. McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club 2013) was always Nolan’s first choice for his leading man, as he is friends with Jeff Nichols and was lucky enough to see an early draft of Mud (2012) and instantly knew that this was the man for the part. McConaughey yet again delivers a perfomance of a quality we have almost gotten used to by now, as the father forced to leave his kids in an attempt to find a new home for them and everyone else on Earth. The movie is centered around him most of the time, and he has no trouble shouldering the big responsibility it is to carry an almost three hours long movie, giving a performance of great emotional range as we follow him through the black hole and beyond. Hathaway (Les Misérables 2012) is here working with Nolan for the second time after starring as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and hopefully not for the last time, as it suits her tremendously to take on the parts of tougher women that Nolan offers her. Hathaway portrays the character of Dr Brand brilliantly and she, like McConaughey, continues to prove there is much more to her than the world has seen so far. Bentley (The Hunger Games 2012) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas 2012) both deliver good performances but are forced to step a bit in the background, keeping the focus on Brand and Cooper. The two robots that accompany them on the trip will make you wonder how you can ever care so much for two metal Squares, and the voices provided by Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married 2008) and Josh Stewart (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008) adds so much character to them that you never doubt which is which. It is a movie that is at times devasting and full of despair while at other times almost bursting with hope. You may consider it a lesson in the Laws of physics and astrophysics or you may consider it a study in humanity, our strong survival instinct, and the power of love. No matter how you perceive it, you cannot get around the fact that this movie is mindblowing, both visually and thematically. An instant classic.
The giant dust clouds were created using large fans to blow cellulose-based synthetic dust through the air. All in all, Nolan made as much as possible of the movie without computer effects, even the robots are mainly practical puppets.
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