Last night I had a rare opportunity to see an advance screening of a movie, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. I have to say, I have not been as rocked, challenged, and frankly just flat entertained by a movie in quite a while. As I am a stand-up guy, I will not be dropping spoilers here, but I can tell you that the movie is a genuine journey. An authentic odyssey with twists and turns that are simultaneously unexpected and understandable, it will leave you eagerly following the cast in the dark lanes of space. You won’t even mind getting lost along the way. The places you go with the characters and the future we are witness to are all very compelling, and the vision of why humans must go into space very clear: Survival.

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

The story makes that point so well, so poignantly, and it genuinely pulled me into the lives of the characters without needless schmaltz and Spielberg-esque emotional manipulation. The characters are in the most intractable of situations, and their mission is the only path available to prevail. The solutions are no longer on the Earth.

I recommend this movie to anyone who likes hard science fiction, or drama, or humor, or hope.

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