With the world on the verge of ecological catastrophe, Matthew McConaughey’s former Nasa test pilot turned farmer ends up piloting a spaceship on a mission to find potentially habitable planets in Interstellar.
Christopher Nolan reaches for the stars with this staggeringly ambitious space epic, yet despite mind-blowing spectacle, even more mind-blowing ideas and occasionally heartbreaking drama, pulling off a timeless sci-fi masterpiece remains just beyond his grasp.
What keeps us strapped to our seats, though, is the human drama, above all the relationship between McConaughey’s widowed hero and his daughter, played as a 10-year-old by Mackenzie Foy and as an adult by Jessica Chastain.
The screenplay veers between the clunky and the corny, but the stellar acting of McConaughey, Foy and Chastain ensure it is human emotions not quantum physics that propels the movie to its destination.
Certificate 12. Runtime 162 mins. Director Christopher Nolan.
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Interstellar is available on Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray digibook, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment from March 30.
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