Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Release Date: Thursday 6th November, Roadshow Films
Space seems to be a popular theme in films lately. It’s a topic that forces us to use our imaginations, to push what we know, to be floored by new special effects; advancements and development in film and story that we had never thought possible, had never imagined. We saw it recently in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, we saw it decades earlier in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now, we are seeing it again in the latest film by the revered Christopher Nolan.
In this world, food is scarce. In a few decades, earth will no longer be able to support humanity. They will choke and they will starve. Farming is now the choice career; it’s the only way to survive, to put food on the table. We first meet McConaughey’s character, Cooper and quickly learn that he had trained as an astronaut pilot but is now working as a farmer. He’s recruited, and with a team of other explorers, undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether the worlds population has a future among the stars. The find a planet that can house humanity.
We don’t want to say too much about this film for risk of spoiling it for others so we will try to keep this succinct; when the credits rolled, we looked at each other and were absolutely floored by what we had just seen. Left speechless.
Nolan has truly created a space epic; one that is on a completely different level to Gravity. In fact, we prefer Nolan’s space epic to Cuarón’s quiet and isolating space film.
For those approaching the film with trepidation about it’s leading man; you have no reason to fear. We arrived and hesitantly thought that McConaughey might not be the man for the job. Sure, he’s a great actor – the world knows this. But can he be an astronaut? Can he pull it off realistically?
It was a thought that never needed to enter our minds because McConaughey feels so authentic in this role and gives the audience a powerful, moving performance as an astronaut and father who is just trying to find a solution to the most complex of problems. The supporting cast also gives powerful performances; Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and the young and extremely talented Mackenzie Foy. Anne Hathaway, while giving a great performance, gives the impression that some of her character’s story might have been nixed in the edit suite.
The film is astounding and while it is full of “science talk” it’s still easy for the laymen to understand. Visually, Nolan and his team have created something truly special with mesmerising imagery and cinematography.
If you’re in a position to see this film in 70mm Imax, we recommend doing so.
The Sydney Imax theatre is one of only 53 or so worldwide that can show the film in the way Christopher Nolan intended.
Frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer provides a great score to the film as well.
A mesmerising epic that will leave you speechless.