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.