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Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' puts a new spin on the apocalypse genre

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Christopher Nolan’s latest project has been shrouded in secrecy since it was first announced. All we knew about Interstellar for a long time was its title, the cast list, and the fact that it’s a hard sci-fi movie about wormhole travel.

The first full-length trailer looks interesting, but doesn’t tell us a whole lot more. Matthew McConaughey plays a former engineer who is out of a job because “we didn’t run out of planes and television sets, we ran out of food,” living in the middle of cornfields that fall victim to a dustbowl-style event.

With planet Earth running out of time, McConaughey agrees to take part in an interstellar mission to perform some mysterious world-saving task, leaving his children behind.

Comparisons to movies like Signs and Armageddon are inevitable, although Nolan probably wouldn’t find that very flattering. It’s clear that much like how he aimed to make his Dark Knight trilogy into “serious superhero movies,” this film aims to bring a note of gravitas to the cheesy blockbuster apocalypse genre.

Interstellar isn’t out until November, but we can expect to start learning more, now the first trailer has been released. The air of mystery has already built buzz around the movie, and it’s sure to bring in the huge audience previous Nolan movies have inspired.

After all, it’s got everything Inception and the Batman trilogy had: Michael Caine, an A-list movie star hero, a few nonspecific appearances from a critically acclaimed actress in a background role, and a huge catastrophe that only one man can prevent.

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