“Anything that can happen, will happen.”
The film is set in the future, in a time where the Earth is becoming more and more inhabitable. The crops are dying out and soon, humans will run out of food. Farmer and engineer, Coop (Matthew McConaughey) lives in the ‘dust bowl’ of America with his two children – a daughter, Murphey and a son, Tom. As a widower, Coop values his children above anything else, taking them on spontaneous drives through corn fields and teaching them about the laws of physics. Meanwhile, Murph has a book-knocking ‘ghost’ in her room, supposedly sending her strategic messages. As the world becomes more desperate, an organisation ask Coop to pilot a mission to find a new world, a world that can support life. He is forced to choose between his children, the people he would die for, and the existence of the human race.
It makes you think. The situation created isn’t entirely unfathomable. With the exponential increase of the Earth’s peoples and the finite resource of fossil fuels, how will be sustain life in years to come? Well, now, I have completely bought into the possibility of more distant space travel. In 2024, crews of four will depart every two years in an attempt to colonise Mars. Real people, with lives not dissimilar to Coop, will be taking a one way ticket to a whole new world, territory as yet unexplored by humans. If this is happening now,what’s to say Interstellar travel isn’t just around the corner, in a few generations time? Our children, grandchildren, could be witness to a whole new dimension of the universe that we now, may not even know exists. If that’s not enough to wet your filmic taste buds, I don’t know what is.