Interstellar – an epic of its kind

 

Interstellar is an outstanding film not just because it has great ideas, but the fact that Director Christopher Nolan takes you for a ride with endless imagination and one of its kind cinematic experience. With a mixture of so many things: science, physics, drama, intense action, plot twists, the movie is indeed an epic. I don’t think in its near 3-hour long run time, there is ever a dull moment to take you away from that futuristic sense. 

The movie follows Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot now a farmer growing the earth’s last possible cultivable crop corn. Yes, planet earth is now a failing agrarian community where humankind has no other option but to look for survival alternatives, and if possible find another hospitable planet. In that endeavour, Cooper is asked by an old scientist Professor Brand (Michael Caine) to pilot the spacecraft Endurance on an uncertain journey into space.

In the greater good of humankind, Cooper now has to leave his family: his two teenage children, Tom and Murph, as well as an aging father-in-law. With a high minded scientific theories and philosophical ideas, Interstellar also depicts the love between a father and his daughter.

As the story moves, Cooper and his crew, including Brand’s daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway) have to retrace the whereabouts of the flights of three astronauts who were earlier sent to planets believe to be capable of sustaining human life. Are the astronauts alive? Is there still any chance to find a planet that can sustain human life? If so, is there any possibility that the remaining human population can be moved through the blackhole? And what’s about altered space-time? To get answer to all these questions, you must watch Interstellar that offers an impressive tale with astonishing visuals.

While we all admire the ideas and cinematic vision behind Nolan’s earlier films such as MementoInception or the superhero Batman film series or even another more intriguing drama The Prestige, we can certainly see Interstellar as Nolan’s ‘the best’ film, so far. Not only Interstellar has very dramatic and scientific ideas in play, but the fact that his idea of travelling through the wormhole with altered space-time is very well backed by scientific theories of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and Kip Thorne.

 

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