Sci-fi saga gets lost in space

October 27, 2014 10:20 PM

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Sci-fi saga gets lost in space

The story is ever-ambitious, sometimes riveting and thought-provoking, but also plodding and hokey and not as visionary as its cutting-edge special effects. And at nearly three hours, the film would have benefited from more judicious editing (*** out of four; rated PG-13; opens in select cities Nov. 5, nationwide Nov. 7).

It's rare that a big-budget studio movie has such cerebral aspirations and such startling strengths and weaknesses. The visual spectacle can be breathtaking, but the emotional, earth-bound saga fails to be as moving. It's a heady tale about gravity and wormholes blended with a family melodrama. Last...

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