It’s a well known fact that Christopher Nolan is one of the biggest and most influential directors out there, even though his films will leave most scratching their heads while watching and after they end. Whether you love them or don’t care for them much, the projects he has worked on are pretty much modern day classics. His latest movie to receive the 4K UHD and HDR treatment is Interstellar, which is a hard, lengthy sci-fi/drama epic that will still make you scratch your head but is a little bit more accessible and enjoyable thanks to the 4K upgrades.
Without giving too much away, the story takes place in the not-so-distant future where mankind has nearly used up all of Earth’s food resources, leaving mainly corn to live off of. When dust storms begin to take the corn fields away, it’s only a matter of time before everyone dies. Enter farmer/former NASA pilot Cooper (played flawlessly by Matthew McConaughey), who is doing his best to provide for his family and kids. When some wild events lead him to discover NASA is still around and needs him to seek out another planet for humans to live, it falls on him to enter a wormhole near Saturn and save the human race. But as he enters the wormhole, time outside of it moves faster than normal, leading to his kids growing up and doing their own things as they wonder if they’ll ever see their father again.
While running a little under three hours, Interstellar is a long but meaningful film that boils down to a man trying to save his family and the world. It can get a little talky at times, but there’s never a dull moment for those who truly immerse themselves into movies. Experiencing this in ultra high definition is a welcomed plus, which serves to pull you into the film with fantastic picture quality and sound, especially with the legendary Hans Zimmer helming the perfectly fitting soundtrack. They also punch up the special effects which also carries the incredible story, something not out of the ordinary for Nolan.
When viewers return from their space journey, there’s plenty of special features to check out that are sure to keep you busy for as long as the film did. “The Science of Interstellar” is a near hour long extra that has Matthew McConaughey narrating about the science behind the film’s plot which are also explained by scientist Kip Thorne. If that wasn’t enough for you, there’s nearly two hours of featurettes with “Inside Interstellar”. Going behind the scenes of the movie with fourteen parts, you’ll spend a nice amount of time learning everything from making the incredible special effects to filming key scenes in Iceland.
Interstellar is a great sci-fi/drama that might not be for everyone, but those who give it a chance and stick with it will find themselves on an epic ride that easily fits with Christopher Nolan’s amazing projects. With great acting by an equally great cast, awesome special effects and soundtrack made even better in 4K, and some nice extras, you’ll want to strap in and blast off to the nearest store to add this to your collection.