THURS­DAY IN­TER­STEL­LAR

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE, ★★★★

With In­ter­stel­lar, trail­blaz­ing di­rec­tor Nolan builds upon the high-con­cept block­buster tem­plate forged so im­pres­sively by his 2010 work In­cep­tion. Just like that head­scratch­ing hit, In­ter­stel­lar eludes easy de­scrip­tion. The story is set in a not-so-dis­tant fu­ture where our planet is vir­tu­ally a spent force. Matthew McConaughey plays a for­mer NASA test pi­lot who joins a se­cret mis­sion to find a new home for what re­mains of Earth’s dwin­dling pop­u­la­tion. The spirit of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey pulses strongly through In­ter­stel­lar’s most be­guil­ing se­quences in deep space. It is th­ese scenes – and the way in which they rep­re­sent the daunt­ing na­ture of space ex­plo­ration – that se­cure the film’s claims to great­ness. How­ever, not ev­ery­body will enjoy a rather cliched emo­tional drama awk­wardly welded on to the steely science-fic­tion of the main plot. Co-stars Anne Hath­away and Michael Caine.

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