Interstellar is directed by Christopher Nolan, and written by him and his brother Jonathan, and reviewers have been enjoined not to give away any details of the plot, or even the name of the fellow who plays “Dr Mann”. This injunction seems to have spurred an entire genre of spoiler-laden Internet posts with titles like “Twenty Questions Left Unanswered By Interstellar”. For my own part, I shall eschew too many specifics about the narrative of the film, save for a word on “Dr Mann” at the end. But I would like to say something about the view of the future offered by the Nolan brothers (no relation to the Nolan Sisters)
Astronauts Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway journey to a distant galaxy on a desperate mission to save humanity in this brainy, heartfelt, gorgeous and flawlessly acted sci-fi epic — inspired by “2001: A Space Odyssey,’’ “Close Encounters of the Third Kind’’ and less likely sources such as “The Grapes of Wrath.’’
It’s the near future, 10 years after Earth began turning into a gigantic dust bowl, where those who don’t starve when crops wither soon face asphyxiation as nitrogen levels gradually rise in the atmosphere.