Am I the only sci-fi geek who isn’t excited by this trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar?
A plethora of I09 commenters collectively urinated when the popular blog shared the trailer this morning, but does it really show us anything worth getting excited about? If you ask me, which I realize nobody did, it looks kinda dull and predictable.
“Wow”. The word that came out of my mouth after watching this.
– spocko (easily impressed i09 commenter)
The title itself gives us a clue as to what is going to happen. A man is going to travel to another star system and thus save the entire of humanity despite failing to address the huge logistical problems of transporting the rest of the human populace to the heavenly paradise that exists there.
We’re also going to get to see some of the problems Earth faces as a result of the energy crisis, climate change, famine, bees, and all that jazz. Which is great because, that’s never been done before.
Matthew McConaughey plays an ordinary American Joe, who’s also not just an Average Joe. He’s an engineer, and a trained pilot, and probably a genius, and also just some bloke, and humanity’s last hope, and also just some bloke. Despite being told in the trailer that the world doesn’t need engineers (although clearly it does), it turns out it does! It also needs a trained pilot. And McConaughey is exactly the kind of down-on-his-luck average American engineer-pilot the world needs. Because the people who dedicated their lives to building the spaceship just aren’t average enough to fly it.
Throw in some motherless kids and you’ve got yourself a trope. One of many, I might add.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it looks like a bad movie; it’ll probably be at least OK. Nolan’s previous movies have been OK, and there’s a speculative future aspect to the movie that might be worth a look-in. It just doesn’t look like the mind-blowing science fiction I feel we should be making in this century, and certainly not the kind I get excited about.
If done well it could be Children of Men meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. Then again, it could also be 2012 meets Armageddon. Just sayin’.
Eh. Is that it? Aside from scale, this is basically a trailer for the beginning of a truck ride. Trucker dad has to leave his daughter and set out on the highway. Woo.
Pretty images of space sell trips to the planetarium, not films. Where’s the conflict? The insane AI, the oxygen tank rupture, the enemy agent, or the dangerous space debris? Why should I be excited to see this movie? Cause let me tell you, outside of a documentary, a planet dying from ecological disaster isn’t enough of an imminent threat to get me interested.
– blue-haired_lawyer (a more sensible i09 commenter)
Let’s hope there’s more going on in the movie than Nolan is letting on. Let’s also hope what he’s keeping from us isn’t some Contact-style formless aliens at the end, because that would suck giant flashy space balls.
And speaking of giant flashy space balls, what type of drive do you think McConaughey is using to abandon his children for the good of all mankind? Is it an Alcubierre drive, a spherical wormhole, or just a big ball of handwavium? Let us know your thoughts and predictions in the comments below.