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Jonathan Hinshaw - Saturday, November 22, 2014


Just saw Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, This is 40), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Devil Wears Prada), Michael Caine (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Ocean’s Eleven), Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), Topher Grace (Spiderman 3, Predators), and Mackenzie Foy (The Conjuring, Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn Part 2).

There are actually a lot more folks, and at least one surprise actor, but he is not listed in the credits, it is a very famous reveal.  So the story is that Matthew is a very good astronaut who has taken up farming, since they shut down the space program due to lack of funding.  The earth is in dire straits, most big cities are down with no power, about the only thing left to do as a job or business is farming.  And even that is on it’s last legs, the earth is slowly turning into a dust bowl, fungus has wiped out most crops, we are in a world of hurt.  Matthew has a corn crop, but each year, it produces less and less. 

He has lost his wife years ago, has two kids, Mackenzie is the 10 year old girl, as well as a 15 year old boy.  He and Mackenzie are out in the desert and run across a scientific community that still has a rocket ship.  They recruit Matthew to make a run to the other side of the galaxy, in fact, through a black hole, to look for another planet that can sustain life.  Earth is dying, this may be the last chance to save humanity.  The “sophie’s choice” is a tough one, leave your family and possibly never see them again, or try to save the human race.  The choice was not easy, but he goes for the black hole.

Anne Hathaway is also on the space ship, as well as thousands of frozen eggs and sperm that can populate the new planet, if they find one.  Turns out Nasa had sent out a couple of ships through this same black hole earlier, just have no idea what they found, communication is not coming back.  So Matthew heads out, the journey takes decades, time is compressed in the black hole, but not on earth.  So if he does make it back, he will be younger than his kids.  By a long shot. 

While he is gone, the kids grow up, Casey is the son, Jessica the daughter.  She is working for Nasa, helping Michael Caine prepare a space station to save the rest of mankind before the planet implodes.  Topher Grace is a doctor working with her, and sort of interested in her.  Casey is still running the family farm, John Lithgow is the Matthew's pop, he helps out around the place.   

The black hole part of the movie was completely researched and verified as to what may actually happen in terms of time and space travel through the hole.  Lots of attention to detail, this was a huge project.  Matthew ends up getting through, actually makes it to a couple of planets, and finds one that still has a real surprise astronaut living on it.  Won’t go any further, it was great. 

So he has enough fuel to get to a couple of planets, but not enough to get back.  The space station they were working with has a problem, this was similar to Gravity, one tight spot after another.  Will he try to get home, or try to save man-kind?  A real dilemma. 

The movie is an excellent science fiction movie, better than Gravity in my humble opinion.  We enjoyed it, go with 4 asteroids.   

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