US Release Date: 11/7/14
Earth is in pretty sad shape in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. A nasty disease, known as Blight, is ravishing crops, wheat has become virtually extinct and more and more people are becoming asthmatic.
“In our movie mankind is being nudged off the planet by the earth itself,” said Nolan, who was promoting the movie at a recent press conference in Los Angeles. “The planet has had enough of us – it’s suggesting that we go somewhere else. So it’s been an exciting adventure to be on.”
Big budget action and adventure is certainly nothing new for Nolan, the director of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Returns. But he believes that this film in particular carries an extra dose of intimacy – something that is not always found in big screen sci-fi extravaganzas.
“A good number of scenes involve one person talking to camera,” he says “I try not to be self conscious with my choices, but with Interstellar I created large outlandish spectacles and had some very personal stuff – it’s the best of both worlds.”
With a musical score by Hans Zimmer, the composer on films such as The Thin Red Line, The Lion King and Spider Man 2, the story concerns a dying earth, and mankind’s desperate search for an alternative planet that can sustain human life.
NASA has officially been dismantled, but in a secret underground bunker scientists and engineers are gambling on one last shot for the human race. They are pining their hopes that a galaxy, which can only be reached through a wormhole, offers a new home capable of supporting human life.
To discover the real answer to that question, a fact finding team will make the journey through the wormhole. At their disposal is the best technology salvaged from the now defunct space program.
Enter the widowed Cooper (McComaughey), a former test pilot and engineer, who is now living on a farm and raising his kids (Timothee Chamalet and Mackenzie Foy) with his father-in-law (John Lithgow). The exploration team needs an experienced and competent pilot to lead the mission, and Cooper volunteers for the job. However, he will have to leave his children, and he doesn’t know how long he will be gone.
“When Hans came on board, I didn’t want him to know the film’s genre,” Nolan recalls. “I wrote an outline about the idea of the father having to leave his children. Then I gave it to Hans and told him to work on it for a day. The score emerged from that particular act – so we’re keeping the story about humanity while using exploration of the universe as a lens through which to view the human race.”
Space exploration, Nolan insists, is mankind’s most ambitious and optimistic venture is space exploration. In 2012 he watched the space shuttle Endeavor, which has clocked up more than twenty voyages into space within the past twenty years, fly above Los Angeles to LA’s California Science Center museum. It is now a permanent fixture at the museum.
“It was a very moving moment and a little melancholy at the same time. I felt that the sense of endeavor and optimism was something we all need once again. We need to start looking out and exploring our place in the universe.”
Studio: Warner Bros & Paramount Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellyn Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley , Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and David Gyasi
Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan
Producers: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst
Executive Producers: Jordan Goldberg, Jake Myers, Kip Thorne and Thomas Tull
Image Info: Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar. Copyright © 2014 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Quote Source: Warner Bros & Paramount Pictures