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Friday, November 14, 2014

Interstellar

There are two types of science fiction movie.

There's the fun kind of movie, like Star Wars, full of action and gadgets and battles.

Then there's the serious kind of science fiction movie, like "2001:A Space Odessy", the kind of movie designed to make you think.

Interstellar is designed to make you think.

The movie takes place in the not-too-distant future, in a time where the Earth has been ravaged by ecological disasters. Farming has become the primary occupation of most of the world, as farmers struggle to feed everyone while blight and dust storms are killing the crops.


Our protagonist, Cooper, is a former engineer and pilot, now a farmer and a single father of two children. He undertakes a super secret mission to travel through a wormhole to seek out a planet suitable for human colonization.

Through the mission, and through Cooper's relationship with his daughter Murph, the movie explores life, death, ecology, truth vs lies, survival of the species, and the human cost as we strive to move forward. Time and space and relativity are at the core.

There are beautiful backgrounds of space and stars and black holes and exotic planets. There are spaceships and wormholes and talking robots. We saw it in RPX (Regal's own variation on IMAX), and the format definitely enhanced the visuals.

A movie definitely worth seeing at the theater,



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