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2h 42min
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Synopsis:
The story of a team of pioneers undertaking the most important mission in human history. Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition travelling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas
Voiced By:
Bill Irwin, Josh Stewart
Writers:
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Others:
Ian Hunter, Hans Zimmer, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Scott Fisher, Gary A. Rizzo, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis, Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten, Hoyte Van Hoytema
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Awards:

2015 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

2015 Oscar Best Visual Effects

BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2015
Run Time:
162 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2015
Run Time:
169 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, German Hard of Hearing, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Plotting an Interstellar Journey: Origins, influences and narrative designs
  • Shooting in Iceland: Miller's Planet/Mann's Planet - Creating two vastly different worlds in one country
  • Celestial Landmarks: How practical special effects give the illusion of real space travel
  • Miniatures in Space: Explore the large-scale models used in the film
  • Trailer
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/12/2017
Run Time:
169 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Czech, English, English Audio Description, French, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Polish, Russian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Brazilian, Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Complex Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (15) of Interstellar

2014 - Not Quite A Space Odyssey - Interstellar review by Count Otto Black

Spoiler Alert
22/04/2015

This movie should mark the point when we all realized Christopher Nolan wasn't quite as smart as he thinks he is. Earth (but basically America, because in movies this simple-minded nowhere else matters) has been struck by The Blight, a totally unexplained vegetable virus that kills everything humans - well, American humans, anyway - raise as a food crop. The solution? Build top secret spaceships and dive into a mysterious intergalactic wormhole that's recently appeared in the vicinity of Saturn in order to find a new home for humanity among the stars! Because that's got to be easier and less risky than... oh, I dunno, pouring those same quadrillions of bucks into curing the plant plague? Oh, hang about, it's also turning the Earth's atmosphere into pure nitrogen because, hey, Science Factoid: 80% of the Earth's atmosphere is already nitrogen, so that's totally a thing that could happen!

This is basically "2001 - A Space Odyssey" for stupid people. Which might under certain circumstances be a good thing; I mean, nobody worried that "Star Wars" and "Guardians Of The Galaxy" weren't exactly deep. Unfortunately, where they delivered gleefully implausible thrills and spills, this leaden effort spends most of its excessive running-time trudging through predictable emotional conflicts and explaining scientific concepts in an amount of detail which is simultaneously tedious and so over-simplified as to be just plain wrong. I'm one of the tiny minority of viewers who knew what Christopher Nolan meant when he had one character casually refer to something called "bulk", therefore I know "bulk" is not a magic thing which makes anything at all happen because the script says so. I also understand Einstein's theories of relativity (I seriously doubt that Mr Nolan knew there was more than one) sufficiently well to know why rambling on about them wrongly for ages fails to make the story any more realistic.

This is a classic example of science being used to justify wooly happy-clappy nonsense the director happens to like, but misused to the point where it gets in the way of what drama there is, which has to sit around twiddling its thumbs for half an hour while Science is dragged in to explain why something vaguely interesting is about to happen for a few minutes, accompanied by loud noises to wake up those audience members who have understandably nodded off. The number of direct nods to "2001 - A Space Odyssey" make it absolutely blatant that Christopher Nolan thought he was making the same film all over again, only better, because everything is explained in excruciating detail for the benefit of dullards. Chris old chum, the upper limit of your intellect is making Batman movies in which Batman hits people for reasons that are more complex than usual, so stick to what you're good at. A few more films like this and you'll be the next Michael Cimino. Remember him? Yeah, exactly...

I gave it two stars because I think Christopher Nolan really was trying his best, and sometimes it looks good. For an infinitely better treatment of the topic of intergalactic boredom that's genuinely entertaining, see John Carpenter's "Dark Star", which must have cost about a thousandth as much. For the same thing all over again, see Christopher Nolan's next movie, because feeble echoes of motifs he's already used pop up throughout this one. And isn't it about time they passed a law stating that if treacly human (or indeed robot) emotions override the laws of physics in a sci-fi movie, you're not allowed to call it "science fiction" any more?

10 out of 12 members found this review helpful.

Overrated - Interstellar review by JG

Spoiler Alert
26/04/2015

I really expected better of this film. The script was dire, the plot line seemed to be made up as it went along. The introduction of the Matt Damon segment seemed to have been included simply to add a nemesis for Matthew McConaughey and was utterly unbelievable. Needed a new script, better plot and ruthless editing to turn it into anything like a decent film. The only impressive SFX was towards the end when Matthew was stuck in the time dimension. Felt I wasted nearly 3 hours of my life. I would retitle it as "The Emperor's New Clothes".

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

An elegant and distinguished piece of sci-fi with some shortcomings - Interstellar review by WS

Spoiler Alert
07/12/2014

Delivers all the awe and visual splendour you'd expect in a big-budget space exploration movie, from the astounding extra-terrestrial landscapes to the haunting scenes of farmers struggling to defend themselves against dust storms amid the cornfields of the Mid West. I liked the ship's robot helper, TARS, and was pleased that they had designed something new and unexpected instead of resorting to an R2D2 knock-off or a man in a tin suit.

There were things, however, that detracted from my enjoyment of this film. Firstly, some aspects of the background to the story didn't make sense. We learn that America has reverted to an agrarian economy as a result of an ecological and economic catastrophe. I found it puzzling, then, that people in this post-apocalyptic environment still have mod cons like microwave ovens, dishwashers and laptops, wear quartz watches, drive combine harvesters, and so on.

Secondly, there could have been more explanation of the science. Some elements that seemed preposterous at the time - that a planet orbiting a black hole can experience daylight, or that someone could enter said black hole without being annihilated - are, I've since discovered, theoretically possible in some circumstances. Christopher Nolan engaged the services of a scientific consultant in the making of Interstellar so he must have been satisfied that the science was rigorous, but we, the viewer, are simply expected to take these things on trust.

As for the cast and performances . . . whilst Matthew McConaughey is superb, Anne Hathaway seemed stiff and awkward and had a disconcerting tendency to smile inappropriately while delivering her lines.

Some of the dialogue was a bit corny (and I don't mean when the characters were talking about corn!) - but you don't expect completely naturalistic speech in a Christopher Nolan film anyway, so I didn't find this too bothersome.

Altogether, an intelligent film of great beauty and distinctiveness, never dull despite its 3-hour running time, but not flawless.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Interstellar review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Upon first glance, Interstellar appears as Christopher Nolan’s treatment for 2001: A Space Odyssey. It does away with most if not all of the tranquility and perplexing nature of humans seeking answers to existence across the stars. In its place is a larger presence of family, an epic series of intense special effects and an explosion or two. Of course, that appears to be a very unfair relation comparing Nolan to Kubrik. That’s not to say it’s a bad film; it just seems to be mainstreaming a story that’s trying to say so much more.

In the seemingly not-too-distant future, Earth has become the wasteland of the ultimate dust storm. The only crop that will grow is corn and even that variety is about to go out the door, effectively shutting down humanity. The answers lie in the stars at least according to astrophysicist Professor Brand (Michael Caine). Tasked with finding new habitable conditions on other worlds, he sends widowed astronaut Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), his daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway) and one or two expendable characters out into space. Armed with the spaceship Endurance and a robot that appears as a walking version of the 2001 monoliths, their goal is to seek out potential planets where other shuttles have previously been sent via wormholes.

While they adventure around the cosmos, Cooper’s family stays behind on a dying planet. His daughter Murph (Jessica Chastain) grows older and becomes a NASA scientist hoping to find a solution to evacuate Earth. Her life goes through many changes that she records and sends to the Endurance. Cooper watches on as the time difference in space travel displays his little girl age into adulthood in just a few hours. The more news he hears about Earth in all the frustrations and failures of the mission, the more fragile Cooper becomes.

Nolan has an eye for using the camera well and he transports us once again into worlds of rich tapestries and morphing geography. The crew visit a planet with gargantuan waves that appear more as massive mountains toppling over their floating shuttle. They embark into an icy tundra with many layers folded on top of each other as if two worlds were staring back at each other. Not to give away too much, but the vision of the black hole they venture into at one point is one of the most unforgettable and lavish designs of a sci-fi contraption.

I can’t help but feel that some of the magic and mystery is spoiled by a spoon-fed script. Many of the emotional tethers and implications of alien technology are harped on and exposed just a tad too much. Part of the allure to 2001: A Space Odyssey's mysterious discoveries was that we were never given much of a clear explanation of what the monoliths do, who made them and where they came from. Interstellar seems somewhat unsure of letting the audience enjoy these quiet moments of connecting human emotion towards science. Everything has to be explained as if the movie came prepared for that one person in the theater who never stops asking questions aloud. Nolan could’ve been on to something as making one of the best sci-fi movies of the decade, but instead goes for his usual trademarks.

The good news is that Nolan’s bag of tricks still hasn’t quite worn thin yet. The action he stages is exceptionally well done from the scuffle on snowy mountains to a near-impossible docking on a rapidly spinning space station. There is quite a bit of space travel in the film and it rarely feels dull. Nolan lets the camera remain stationary and keeps the sound effects mostly mute, allowing the enormity to wash over you. But when the movie isn’t quiet, it’s usually booming with an exhilarating soundtrack and thunderous sound effects (sometimes literally eclipsing the dialogue).

While Interstellar may not challenge as much as the best science fiction, it does have enough ideas and striking visuals that you can’t take your eyes off of it. The special effects are remarkable, the cast unmatched and the plot has enough emotion behind it to make up for its preposterous tech. It requires a great deal of suspending disbelief for the themes it attempts to tackle, but it’s a ride worth taking for all its lofty goals as a sci-fi epic. If 2001: A Space Odyssey was the thinking man’s story of comprehending humanity’s place in the universe, Interstellar is one for the whole family.

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