Cool concept, but that's about it.
The opening shot in Sunshine is truly an image to behold. Clocking in at an impressive 2 minutes and some change, the looming presence of the Sun stirs up a conflicting sense of wonder and foreboding. That dichotomy is what really drives the first half of the film - despite the Sun's immense destructive force, one can't help but gaze in awe.
Put simply, it's man versus star. Should we, as mankind, sit passively as the laws of the cosmos…
I see a common denominator among modern blockbuster sci-fi... the need to explain EVERYTHING. Interstellar falls just short of being a remarkable sci-fi adventure because of this compulsive need to turn back to the viewer and justify its actions. As if McConaughey has to turn to us with half an eye open, "Is this too confusing? Need another explanation? Something is coming up in the plot that may need clearing up. You guys ready for this next big sequence?"