Interstellar: a mission into different worlds

Tiziana Onstead


Osprey Productions will host two screenings of Interstellar tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the auditorium on the second floor of the Student Union West.  Students who attend can expect to be fed pizza and popcorn, while watching the 2015 Oscar nominated movie.

Christopher Nolan has done it again with his newest film “Interstellar,” directing yet another mind blowing film that joins his previous box office hits which include the Batman films and “Inception.”

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In “Interstellar,” Nolan takes the audience deep into the great unknown. As the film begins, planet Earth is dying and a group of explorers must travel deep into space on a mission to find a new home. On their journey the team discovers the solar system is far more than just twinkling stars and revolving planets. As it jumps from time-consuming wormholes to unknown worlds, “Interstellar” leaves the audience checking their surroundings twice.

Alongside many recognizable actors, “Interstellar” stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, who, in stark contrast to his role in “Magic Mike,” plays astronaut Cooper. Anne Hathaway, who has worked with Nolan in “The Dark Knight Rises”, takes a lead as scientist Amelia Brand. McConaughey and Hathaway’s performances in this film make you forget them in any of their previous roles and they are able to hold the audience’s attention as their characters evolve throughout the movie.

I came into the film hoping it would not be an over the top science fiction flick that I was going to need a “Sci-Fi for Dummies” handbook to understand. However, the film was far more than I expected it to be. “Interstellar” left me wanting to persuade others to experience the film’s epic journey.

“Interstellar” was so realistic, it made me feel as if I was fastened on the spacecraft right next to the astronauts. Throughout the film Nolan contrasts the experiences of the suffering characters on Earth with the more courageous ones on the mission. As the film alternates from Earth to space, it goes dark between scenes to emphasize the length of time taken to travel between each location. This allows the film to flow in a smooth, easy-to-follow pace.

Graphic by Caroline Staniski
Graphic by Caroline Staniski

The animated scenery and imagery in “Interstellar” introduces a stunning vision of what space, wormholes and other worlds may be like and will challenge the boundaries of your imagination. The attention to detail Nolan devotes to life on the last days of Earth will leave you conscious of our planet’s future.

“Interstellar” creates curiosity about the limited dimensions in which we understand life now and the multiple dimensions that may be in the universe (through a couple of worm holes, of course). It also explores the concept of time, which is exactly what an audience member needs when planning to watch this three-hour movie. The length of the film is the only reservation I would have upon seeing it again. It had me questioning if there were some parts that could have been saved for the deleted scenes on the special features when it came out on DVD.

Even though the extensive length of “Interstellar” had me adjusting my seat a few more times than I would during an average film, the nonstop action held my attention throughout the entire three hours. There was never a plateau or lull in the film. The realistic roller coaster ride throughout the story line also ignites empathy for the characters and the position they find themselves in. “Interstellar” is a high-intensity movie which creates a buzz that will leave you asking others, “Have you seen ‘Interstellar’ yet?”


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*2/17/15 at 5:53 p.m. – Updated with information