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Sometime in the 21st century, a series of crop blights on Earth threatens humanity’s survival. Joseph Cooper (Mathew McConaughey), a widowed former NASA pilot, runs a farm with his father-in-law, son Tom (Casey Affleck), and daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy, then Jessica
Chastain and finally Ellen Burstyn), who believes her bedroom is haunted by a poltergeist. Living in a post-truth society (Cooper is reprimanded at school for telling Murphy that the Apollo missions did indeed happen), Cooper encourages his daughter to carefully observe and record what she sees. They realize that a pattern of dust on the floor is created by gravity variations and are able to decode it as a set of geographic coordinates.Cooper and Murphy follow them to a secret facility, where Cooper’s former professor, Dr. Brand (Michael Caine), continues to operate NASA in secrecy after it was officially closed down. Brand reveals that a wormhole which appeared near Saturn opens a pathway to a distant galaxy with potentially habitable planets. They hope it will allow them to find another Earth. Still will they manage to beat the odds?
Welcome to the world in which America, or rather the USA, are the only country that counts. Perhaps even the only country, period (I guess it’s a paradise according to D. Trump). Small wonder the Earth has serious problems and reacts accordingly. Crop blights, dust storms, water shortages and other unpleasant factors mean that soon enough even the blessed Americans will suffocate to death while being constantly hungry. And you know what? A small band of scientists, the hard core of disbanded and almost illegal NASA, have a solution. They’ve even sent 12 bravest, best and most suicidal astronauts to explore the possibilities offered by unknown alien forces in a form of a wormhole which leads nobody knows where. In other words they are grasping at straws.
Fortunately for them one of the best pilots turned farmer somehow deciphers the coordinates of their super-secret facility and comes with a visit. Then he finds out the twelve magnificents have disappeared into the black hole and nobody knows anything about their fate. So *drumroll* despite being burdened by two kids Cooper agrees to participate in the last mission, along with dr. Brand’s daughter, delightful Amelia, played by Anne Hathaway and two other crew members, one black, so the ethnic minorities shut their collective mouth up. Everything is fine but, at that point, you’ve only reached one third of the 169-minute movie. And believe me, it already managed to make me feel bored at least twice, forcing me to make tea and welsh rarebits. Those sentimental, teary good-bye scenes are really not my piece of cake and here the main lead spends wayyyyy too much time saying goodbye to everybody and their dog. Not to mention his long-dead wife.
Ok, let’s move to the good bits. I admit the journey through the wormhole was a slick CGI sequence, completely worth that Best Visual Effects award. I also liked the improvised chase of a drone across the fields and the shape and interior of Endurance spacecraft, clearly based on the International Space Station. The robots aboard had a sense of humour – a nice touch. Still…almost three hours of a space epic mean you either have to pack a lot of action and humour in them to keep your audience entertained or you bore some watchers to sleep. Unfortunately I suppose the director of Inception decided it was time for a bit of boredom.
Too long, too lachrymose, too one-race-takes-it-all, Americans-are-the-greatest-nation movie. Watchable but only barely so. Meh.