Tom Basham


In This Just OUT on November 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

interstellar-posterI thought “Interstellar” was going to show me how to get from one stellar to another. Now if I could only get back home, I am sure I could save the humanity.

In the very near future, the world is drying up and blowing away. It turns out we can’t eat our technology and we run out of food before we run out of bandwidth. This kind of climate calamity turns former astronaut Cooper (Mathew McConaughey from “Dallas Buyers Club”) into a gentleman farmer. He raises corn and what is left of his family after his wife dies.

When a strange communication leads Cooper out to a hidden NASA base, his old boss Dr. Brand (Michael Caine from “Now You See Me”) enlists his help to save everyone on the planet. All Cooper needs to do is pilot a ship through a wormhole that just showed up next to Saturn and link up with some other folks Dr. Brand sent through the wormhole 10 years ago. He gets to take Brand’s daughter, Amelia (Anne Hathaway from “Les Miserables”), along with a couple of other guys you just know are not going to make it.

This is your classic doomsday sci-fi movie with a farm boy, a hot girl and a wormhole affecting the space-time continuum. I won’t tell you about the black hole or the twist where it turns into one of the “Bourne” movies. The whole thing feels very “Star Trek” in a good way, with enough of a family story for you to care about these people. McConaughey is good, but you never forget you are watching a movie with a movie star. At least when you are watching Tom Cruise you know he is an alien.

Where “Gravity” was riveting, this movie was entertaining. Where “Guardians” was a romp, this movie was environmentally conscious. Director/writer Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) set out to make an epic, but he will have to be satisfied with a pretty good movie. His theory of relativity is all about the relatives, and the promise a father makes to his daughter. Having two daughters myself, I liked that, and therefore I must give this movie 4 stars out of 5. Outer space can still be pretty stellar.

Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site:

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