Interstellar (2014)


Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow


Plot: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.


Warning! There will be spoilers from now on.


Verdict: Modern Space Masterpiece


Story: We start by following our hero Cooper as he struggles to keep his farm running while the Earth’s resources continue to dwindle. Cooper’s family starts to get weird messages that he puts together into a message that leads him to NASA. Cooper learns about a mission that could save the remaining people on Earth. The mission involves leaving his family for an unknown amount of time while he travels with a crew through a wormhole in search for another potential world for the human race to move to.

I have been waiting for this one all year and I wasn’t disappointed, the story aims to challenge us because we are asked plenty of questions. Even though the film is about searching for a new world the core storyline is actually about our hero wanting to keep his promise to his daughter even if it takes her lifetime. With that coming through as the main storyline the bigger picture sometimes get neglected as a few of the scientific questions remained unanswered.  This story will end up testing you and keep you guessing from start to finish, this is what will end up going down as the best sci-fi space based film since 2001 Space odyssey. (10/10)


Actor Review


Matthew McConaughey: Cooper our hero who lives and works on one of the few remaining farms along with his two children and father in law. He was always meant for something bigger but as his father in law states he was born 40 years to late or 40 years to early. When he gets a chance to fly the spacecraft to save the human race he is faced with a moral dilemma of leaving his family to save everyone. Matthew gives a great performance showing why he is on everyone’s most wanted list in Hollywood. (9/10)


Anne Hathaway: Amelia daughter of Professor Brand who has all the intelligence to be on the mission but has never faced the real situation where she has to make decisions that could define the mission. Anne gives a good performance as what turns into the weak link of the team. (8/10)

Mackenzie Foy/Jessica Chastain: Murph both playing different ages of Murph who have always challenged in science while keeping hate towards Cooper for leaving them behind. They both give great performance even if they both have only limited screen time. (8/10)


Matt Damon: Dr Mann the brilliant Dr Mann as the crew know him as, he lead 12 astronauts through the wormhole with each looking to visit a different potential world. He comes off strange when our crew meets him but he ends up not being everything they thought he would be. Matt gives a good performance as the lone astronaut who just wants to survive. (8/10)


Support Cast: Filled with scientists, generations of Cooper’s family, two robots with one having a very dry sense of humour and fellow astronauts that all make up the support cast. Every member gives a great performance to help the storyline progress and make us care about every decision that is made.


Director Review: Christopher Nolan – In years to come I believe people will still be talking about this for pure quality, The Dark Knight will always be remembered for Heath Ledger’s performance and Inception for be a brain twister, this will be the one that people will look back and praise the direction as the subject has always come off short but this will be compared to the greatest for years to come. (10/10)


Sci-Fi: Brilliant sci-fi elements used throughout, looking at a future world we need to leave as well as the look at potential interstellar travel. (10/10)

Cinematography: Simply breathe taking. (10/10)

Music: Hans Zimmer the greatest in the business today gives another brilliant use of music. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting makes a great viewing be it the bleak look at Earth of the distance places the crew travel too. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Unbelievable special effects used throughout to make everything come off as potential real. (10/10)

Suggestion: Even though it comes off slightly long this film will be something will talk about for years and is a must watch for everyone. (Watch)


Best Part: The heart breaking missed messages from the 23 years lost in a matter of hours.

Worst Part: Slightly too long but it would be hard to figure out anything to be cut down.

Lessons Learned: Always think outside the box

Funniest Scene:  TARS dry comedy

Oh My God Moment: The spinning attachment.

Favourite Quote: Cooper ‘We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.’


Believability: The science is real and the effects that the Earth goes through. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: You could have a few. (4/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: 2001 A Space Odyssey


Oscar Chances: Could clean up the technical awards, Cinematography, Music.

Budget: $165 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 49 Minutes

Tagline: The end of Earth will not be the end of us


Overall: This Generations A Space Odyssey



  1. I really liked this film, probably my favourite science fiction film in years. The concept was right up my alley.

    Great review Darren 😀

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