Thought-provoking ‘Interstellar’ lacks emotional depth

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Celine Rezvani, staff writer

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‘Interstellar’ movie posters can be seen all over town.

Interstellar’, Christopher Nolan’s latest thought-provoking thriller, hit theaters worldwide on Nov. 7 and has grossed $96.6 million since.

The film takes place in the not-so-distant future, where earth has been devastated by a natural disaster and is left nearly barren. Humans must increasingly abandon all aspects of daily life to focus on farming in order to provide enough food to simply survive.

Matthew McConaughey plays the role of Cooper, a widowed and retired NASA pilot who must put science aside to provide for his two teenage children and father-in-law. However, when Cooper is reunited with old NASA associates, he is given an opportunity to perform an unfinished ambition: leaving the galaxy to find a new home for earth.

Here, ‘Inception’ director Christopher Nolan delivers yet another brain stimulating movie experience. The movie no doubt sparks the imagination of its viewers; its invigorating science fiction ideas often leave viewers destabilized and at a complete loss for words.

However, this brain buckling experience leaves little room for the sub-plots to be developed completely. Much of the protracted movie, which is only 10 minutes shy of three hours in length, is spent unraveling and elucidating dense scientific theories. Nolan’s decision to focus more heavily in the science of the movie leaves the emotional side of the movie fairly lacking.

The characters of the movie, played by a cast including Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck and Matt Damon, are essentially static, remaining unchanged in nature throughout the film. For those moviegoers whose goal is not to attain a scientific enlightenment, the sub par emotional aspect of the movie proves a bit underwhelming.

For Nolan fans who are looking for yet another mind meddling thriller, ‘Interstellar’ offers an awesome moviegoing experience that will satisfy. In contrast, for casual filmgoers who just want an entertaining thriller, the condensed science and confusing theories may exceed their grasp.

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