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By Ryan Javier The newest film from writer/director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Dark Knight franchise) was nominated for five Academy Awards and deals with space exploration as a means for survival. In the post-apocalyptic world of the not-so-distant future, Humanity is on the brink of extinction. Global famine and dustbowl conditions have all but rendered the Earth useless for human habitation. While society crumbles and the human population dwindles, hope comes in the form of a small band of government scientists. They devise a plan to build a ship to carry the World’s remaining people to another planet. However, in order to relocate the existing population, a complex and frustrating equation that deals with gravity must be solved. The more viable option is to send a small team of astronauts into another galaxy in hopes to locating a habitable world in which to rebuild the human race using frozen embryos from Earth. The scientists sent explorers into a worm hole ten years prior and have a good idea where to send a team. Piloting the mission is Cooper, played expertly by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey. Cooper, who was an astronaut before the drought and has since turned farmer, must leave his family and his planet behind as he and his crew seek to locate possible worlds to colonize. Not knowing when or if he will return, Cooper pushes forward into the furthest reaches of outer space in an effort to track down the explorers who first signaled possibly habitation sites ten years prior. Guided by data sent from the original Ranger missions, Cooper and his crew travel through a worm hole and into alternate galaxies. Wrought with drama and mired in self-discovery, Interstellar, is a brilliant film. Leaning on a dependence to save the human race, Nolan places his characters in perilous situations where each must question their own devotion to the cause. Encased in fanciful special effects and set mostly in outer space, this film is as Hollywood as any of Nolan’s previous movies. However with a small cast and rich, dialogue-driven scenes, Interstellar has the feel of a more manageable independent film. This movie is rated PG-13 for mild language, but I feel due to the underlying dramatic themes, Interstellar is better suited for adults. Costarring Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and available March 31, 2015 on Amazon, Netflix and iTunes.

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