Beyond the end
When Neil Armstrong saw the Earth from the Moon, he said, "I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small". His quote relatively summarizes the scope of the universe and how minuscule the human race truly is. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has an intriguing premise about our bleak future, where we are going as a society and asks what the universe holds for us: salvation or endless darkness. Delving into the story too much can ruin the experience so for the sake of your viewing enjoyment [as well as for this review], I'll just briefly describe the plot. Earth's resources is slowly diminishing and humanity is reaching the crisis point of extinction. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot turned crop farmer lives with his two children on a farm, getting by in life while weathering sand storms and adapting to a deteriorating environment. Through a series of events, Coop and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) discover the location of a hidden NASA facility led by Professor John Brand (Michael Caine). He explains to Coop that as the way things are, humanity may no longer be able to survive on Earth, and persuades him to join the team of explorers on one of their "Lazarus missions" to find a new planet. With a devotion to help humanity and to see through that his children survive, Coop reluctantly joins but the question he is worried about isn't whether he will be successful in finding a new home; it's if whether he will be able to return home to his family once he does. Much like in his previous works,Nolan has a knack for creating impressive visuals and
the depth to back it up. This is some of the most imaginative effects I've seen in years, and to think that they're from real world locations. More importantly, the topics of race preservation and ecological agendas are presented in a manner that's neither overwhelming nor thrown in for the sake of it. It's not the main focus but it helps move the story. Speaking of which, I recommend watching Interstellar without reading too much into the synopsis. The less you know about it going in, the better the experience it will be for you once it's over, and by then you'll want to take the trip all over again to explore the wonders of the universe. Like our solar system, Interstellar is a wonder to behold.
-Reviewed by Razor, 4/5/2015