Sometime in the future the earth is in the grip of an environmental catastrophe, America is now a dust bowl and the staple diet of the dwindling population is corn. One such corn farmer is ex NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widower who stays with his two children and father-in-law. Despite the harshness of life things aren't too bad for Cooper, his kids attend a good school and there's still baseball every Sunday. Unfortunately the environment is growing worse and huge dust storms sweep across the land.

Then one day out of the blue strange things start to happen, driverless tractors are mysteriously drawn to Cooper’s house and strange patterns start to appear in the dust in his daughter Murph's bedroom. It's these patterns that leads Cooper and his daughter to a strange top-secret research base where they meet Coopers old NASA boss Dr Brand (Michael Caine). Just when Cooper thinks that life on earth couldn't get any worse Brand tells him that the planet is doomed as the blight is turning the air to Nitrogen and eventually the planet will be uninhabitable for humans. Brand then goes on to tell Cooper that the human race may have one last chance of survival and it's not on planet earth. Brand and his team, which includes his daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway), have discovered a wormhole in space that could lead to new galaxy's with planets that could support human life. Cooper being NASA's best pilot is the only man capable of flying the spaceship on its journey into the unknown.

To tell anymore of the story would only spoil the experience, and I say experience because that's what Interstellar is. Director Christopher Nolan's (“Inception”, “Batman Begins”, “Dark Knight Rises”) film is visually stunning, from the dust bowls of America to the frozen and waterlogged planets each scene is breath-taking and demands to be seen in the biggest screen possible. From 2001 to Star Trek, there's a bit of them all mixed into Nolan’s homage to past science fiction films. If there's one complaint it's in Nolan’s overuse of technical jargon, if you’re not into quantum physics, black holes and interplanetary travel it can all be a bit confusing.

At nearly 3 hours long Interstellar will not be to everyone's taste but if you love science fiction then this is a not to be missed.



Interstellar (12A)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace

UK Release: Friday 7th November 2014

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