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This is a guest post by Julie Ellis.

The storyline is not new, for three generations have now lived with Star Trek, Star Wars, and a host of other space thrillers, including the more recent Gravity. Somehow we never lose our fascination with space, and we flock to theatres to see the latest “take” on what modern physics has “discovered.” And the films become less and less fantasy and more within the realm of the possible. The Interstellar scene is set.

The storyline is not new either. Earth has seen its days and is dying – too much nitrogen, not enough oxygen, crop failures, dust bowls and a dwindling population. Cooper, a former astronaut (Matt McConaughey), is tasked with captaining a ship to push through a wormhole close to Saturn and thus leave this galaxy, in search of a new home for the human race. With him is a crew of three, including Amelia (Anne Hathaway) who is in search of her “love” – an astronaut on a previous mission from whom nothing has been heard.

The problem Cooper faces is that he must leave his two children behind, and the conflict is in place early on. He must sacrifice personal love for the greater good – survival of the human race. The decision to man this mission means that his children will grow up without their father, but the choice is made, and off he and his crew go. (accompanied by TARS, a robot with a human personality, and a cache of embryos to be hatched on the new planet.)

From this point, lovers of action and adventure are in their “element,” for there is no lack of intense suspense, nerve-wracking dangers, and special effects. (Parent alert: the PG-13 rating is due to the intensity of some of the scenes and a small amount of strong language.)

The story, the acting, and the overall presentation is “tight,” although the film is not without its detractors. 5th dimensional space/time travel allows Cooper to see his daughter all grown up and now a scientist, working along Brand (Michael Caine) to interpret the data coming from the ship. The scene is almost silly, with Cooper’s observations made by peeking out from behind a bookcase. Another major detractor is the music. While it certainly enhances the suspense and the drama, it is often so loud, it is tough to hear the dialogue.

Writer/director Christopher Nolan obviously loves “dark.” (e.g., his trilogy of Batman films). Much of this film relies on the grays and blacks of space, but the scenes are phenomenal and realistic. In fact, Kip Thorne, an associate of Steven Hawking, was a consultant, and space is thus portrayed quite realistically.

For all of the “hype” surrounding this film, the takeaway is this: it will appeal to lovers of science fiction and to those who are looking for an action/adventure thriller. It may also appeal to an audience that adheres to the concept of “love” in an altruistic sense. If the moviegoer can overlook the few non-credible aspects and the occasional sound detractors, this film is a good one.

Author’s bio: Armed with a Master’s in Journalism and strong wanderlust, Julie Ellis set out to explore exotic places, financed by her freelance writing. She is now a regular blogger for Premier Essay and sells feature articles to English-speaking publications around the world.