Interstellar (2014) – reviewed by George

This film is an involving, suspenseful deep space adventure, with a healthy dose of emotion in the form of a father’s love for his daughter, but ultimately it’s too engineerish for me. Lots of technical terms, discussions of dimensions (third, fourth, and fifth), using gravity to send messages – so far over my head that it wound up in my attic.
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, David Gyashi, and Wes Bentley are part of the crew sent out to slingshot around Mars and end up near Saturn, where there is a small Black Hole they must enter to find teams of scientists who blasted off years before, to gather data so that a decision could be made as to which planet to transfer Earth’s population to. Why? Because the Earth is dying from overfarming. And the planets these people ended up on after their trips through the Black Hole are so far from Earth that one day (or was it an hour?) spent there is like 27 years on Earth.
Because McConaughey is an incredibly talented pilot they end up going to all three base stations, even though they should not have enough fuel to do that. At the second station they find a lonely Matt Damon, who seems okay but is actually a crafty victim of cabin (or space station) fever.
Anything more is telling too much, although I would definitely get all the science stuff wrong anyway, because most of it sounded completely improbable to me.
McConaughey’s daughter is played by MacKenzie Roy, Jessica Chastain, and Ellen Burstyn. His son is played by Timothee Chalamet and Casey Affleck. Michael Caine plays Hathaway’s father and John Lithgow plays McConaghey’s father-in-law.
Not a waste of time at all, but too complicated for this kid.
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, Directed by Christopher Nolan.

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