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Christopher Nolan’s new science fiction film thrills audience and is bold become modern classic

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Director Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar can be easily summed up in one word: unexpected.

From plot to visual effects, there are surprises throughout the film’s 169-minute running time.

There is no question that Interstellar ideally should be seen in IMAX. Although a single IMAX ticket will cost roughly $20 (which is more than the $12-$14 you would spend at a traditional theater), it’s entirely worth it — especially since about an hour of Interstellar was filmed using IMAX cameras.

The movie follows Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a pilot-turned-farmer, as he is called upon to risk his life to save the human race and find a new inhabitable planet.

Most of Interstellar’s plot had been kept under wraps before its release, and the trailers do not even begin to show the journey that Interstellar takes viewers on.

The cast provides strong performances all around. Standout characters include Cooper’s daughter Murph (Jessica Chastain) and a robot named TARS (Bill Irwin).

Irwin and McConaughey play off each other well and manage to inject some humor into a movie that is not only grim, but also takes place in the vast darkness of outerspace.

The film also has an incredibly realistic look because of its limited use of special effects.

For example, physical models of all of the space vehicles were made during filming instead of using special effects to create them.

This made the spaceships seem tangible, especially during tense moments when the ship was being damaged. It felt as if the actors were really inside when the camera was focused on the spaceships.

It would’ve been easy to have most of the movie be completely computer-generated imagery with the actors in front of green screens, but by using practical effects, there is a lot of added detail in Interstellar. These realistic visuals help draw the viewer into a world where the science and technology are years ahead of our time and make the abstract plot easier to follow.

While the beginning of Interstellar eases the audience into the very different world in which the characters live, the last third of the movie introduces some heavy science fiction ideas.

However, the plot elements never seem too ridiculous, and it’s easy to believe what is happening on screen because there is no fun being poked at the subject matter.

Ultimately, what you are left with is an intense, gripping film.

Every moment where the characters are in danger feels real. You really start to believe that if they fail their mission, the human race will not survive.

To give an idea of what to expect from Interstellar (without completely giving the movie away), think of the film as a giant homage to another film, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with similar themes of human evolution.

Throughout the movie, there are moments of tranquility and ambience fueled by composer Hans Zimmer’s stunning soundtrack, broken up with intense moments of suspense.

The large-screen format also completely draws in the audience and makes you feel as if you are actually looking into deep space.

So take the trip through a black hole and go see Interstellar. It is a moving, thrilling film that will likely become a modern science fiction classic.

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