Reading others' comments about this film, I'm not sure everyone actually got the fact that Interplanetary is a sci-fi/horror comedy spoof laced with satire. On top of that, it's a very deliberate attempt to make a 1980s futuristic film, and that's why the video quality isn't pristine (it was shot on 16mm film) and the sets and special effects are somewhat primitive compared to today's digital standards. I suppose the fact that so many viewers criticize the video quality is actually a testament as to how effective writer/director Chance Shirley was at establishing his vision for the film. As for the acting, it is quite true that the cast members of Interplanetary aren't a heartbeat away from Broadway, but I think they're downright perfect for this film. They make it funnier than it already is - and it's pretty funny just on paper. We're basically talking about a space colony being run by middle managers having to deal with all kinds of situations that are nowhere to be found in the corporate manuals.
So yeah, Mars Base Two is run by a power-happy middle manager named Lisa (Melissa Bush), who reacts to any crisis by scheduling meetings, trying to contact the corporate office back on Earth for advice, and demanding impossible things from her employees. In other words, she's the type of ice queen who will lock down the entire base with a crew member outside trying to get back in. Up until now, things have been going just fine - largely because Mars Base Two serves almost no purpose. The only people who actually do anything are Wil (Chuck Hartsell) and his assistant, who go out on scouting missions trying to find an appropriate location for Mars Base Three. Unfortunately, the guys happen to come across the fossilized remains of some type of Martian life, and that's when everything hits the fan. Almost immediately, the Mars Base Two crew discovers they are not alone on Mars after all. In fact, an unknown human being turns up outside the base's door with a bazooka, and other huge surprises await the crew in the hours ahead. Fortunately, the base's cook (Kyle Holman) turns out to be packing and most capable and willing of seeking out and neutralizing unexpected dangers.
This isn't exactly Office Space in space, but there is some definite skewering of corporate bureaucracy woven seamlessly into this film. Lisa's insistence on going by the books results in one obviously wrong and rather silly move after another, as she displays zero awareness of the situation outside - not to mention contradictory orders that stymie her own steadfast attempt to hold a mandatory meeting about the whole situation. The corporate response is just as bad, as it concentrates on keeping Mars Base Two unaware of the real facts. Let's face it - when a slimy Martian is threatening to crush your head and then rip it from your body, bureaucratic protocol isn't going to save your sorry asteroid.
My hope is that others will give this film a chance. Just don't go in expecting a science fiction or horror film in the traditional sense; yes, there are space suits, machines that go ping, and appreciable amounts of blood and gore to be had here, but that doesn't mean Interplanetary fits into any traditional genre. If you're of a sarcastic frame of mind, I think you'll find much to laugh at and enjoy as this story plays out in its own peculiar way.