ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – I – Interstellar (2014) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, that our destiny lies above us.” – Cooper

Number of Times Seen – 4 (6 Nov 2014, 15 Jun 2015, 12 Sep 2017 and 10 Jun 2020)

Link to original review – HereHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of astronauts are sent on a mission to find a new home for the people of Earth when the planet seems to be dying.

My Take on it – This is a film that I highly anticipated for quite a long time and made sure to be at one of the very first viewings on the day it debuted.

Christopher Nolan is an amazing writer and director and once again is able to give us something so awe inspiring to watch unfold.

He knows how to keep the story moving at a great pace while still leaving things suspenseful and gripping no matter what genre he chooses to tell his story in.

This film’s plot is quite realistic and that enhances things to a point where it is so easy to believe that these events can possibly occur in the not too distant future.

Having now watched in whole we all are still in “Corona Mode” gives an even more interesting perspective to the story as we can see in a chilling fashion how easily life and the world we live in can change which will cause us to find a way to adapt to this new reality.

The film has an amazing cast led by Matthew McConaughey who is near perfect in the lead role.

We can easily see how he deals with his internal conflict between trying to save humanity while also wanted to get back to his family which weighs so heavily on his throughout his mission.

The film explains the science of it all in a pretty simplistic manner which helps those of us (like me) who are less scientifically inclined to get a clear grasp of not just all that is transpiring but the reasoning and explanations as to why it happens.

The movie is able to blend amazing cinematography with state of the art special effects which helps make all of the locations and terrain seem so much more realistic and tangible in the way things are depicted.

This is a film that leaves the viewer with so much to ponder long after the credits roll.

They deal with themes that range from the environmental effects on the world by man, how we each relate to our family and close friends and most importantly how we are deal with the time that we have been given so that it can be used in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Even after more than 5 1/2 years, I’m still shocked that this film didn’t receive more accolades or nominations for the work done here because it all is so impressive and amazing to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Another spectacular film by Nolan who knows so well how to create such a gripping tale no matter the genre. This is a realistic story that works really well because we can believe so much of what happens since it takes [lace in the not too distant future. Watching it after seeing the effects of Corona on people is a bit chilling because we can see how easily life can be changed causing us all to find new ways to adapt. The cast of this film is spectacular and McConaughey is super n the lead role. We can feel his feelings about saving humanity yet also can feel the way that his family weighs so heavily on him throughout this mission. The science is explained in a simplistic fashion which helps make things feel even more genuine and understandable even for non-scientific minds like mine. The cinematography and special effects are blended so well here that every terrain or location shown seems quite realistic in the way it is all depicted. The film gives the viewer so much to ponder about the effects we have on the planet, the way we relate to family and friends and most importantly how we deal with our time in the most effective and efficient way possible.  Surprised that this film didn’t garner more accolades for this exceptionally made film. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Like Inception (2010) and the last two “Dark Knight” movies, Writer, Producer, and Director Christopher Nolan has focused on as many real environments as possible. “We have spatial interiors. We built closed sets and shot it like a documentary, like the actors were really there”, he said. Nolan had the visual effects created in advance, and projected onto screens placed outside the spacecraft set, so when the actors and actresses looked out the windows of their vessel they would be able to see and react to a real environment, and not a greenscreen. Technically, Nolan said he shot with an IMAX camera on this movie more than on any of his previous movies. He also wanted to give greater enhancement to the audio experience this time around. He stated that he has “very ambitious sound mix plans. I want to give audiences an incredible immersive experience. The technical aspects are going to be more important than any film I’ve made before.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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