We're now a little more than a week away from the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic, easily one of our most anticipated movies of 2014, and after being wowed by trailer after trailer, we finally got to see our first clip from the film today. We already knew that the film would focus on a dying Earth that could no longer support the human race, and the team of astronauts who embark on a daring voyage to find humanity's next home, but this clip sheds new light on just how much things have changed.
In the clip, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is apparently in the midst of a parent-teacher conference regarding his daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy). Murph brought an old textbook to school to show her friends pictures of the Apollo missions to the moon, and that's apparently a problem. Watch the clip to find out why.
It's not just food we've run out of in the future Nolan's imagined here. It's ambition. It's hope. It's a sense that our achievements as a species are anything but cynical, or even simply self-serving lies. Apparently, in this future, even medical science has taken a step backward in favor of preserving what little Earth has left to offer us. It's a dark vision, to be sure, one that's countered by the hope inherent in the film's tagline: "Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here." Nolan's wrestling with light and dark, hope and resignation, ambition and complacency, and those themes will likely only be writ larger when the film takes us to space.
Interstellar lifts off Nov. 7.
(Via Latino Review)