Interstellar is a science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan, a British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer, who has a history of making thought provoking films such as Inception and Memento. His latest film takes place in the near future, when the Earth is rapidly losing its ability to support human life. As a result, a group of scientists and astronauts travel into space, beyond the solar system in search of new planets to live on.
The movie is about the relationship between humans, the Earth, space, and the inevitable fact that one day we might not be able to live on Earth due to environmental damage caused by humans, or the whims of a changing planet. The film leads the audience to think about the environment and the Earth’s limited capacity to sustain humans forever. The first 15 minutes of the movie causes the audience to understand the characters’ pain as they struggle to live on Earth, which is a place of toil, sadness, and dust with little hope for future.
The science of the film is based on physicist and executive producer Kip Thorne’s theories regarding black holes and wormholes. The film without trying to say what is right or wrong and what is fact or fiction tells a simple story of love and survival through a roller coaster of emotions and pure entertainment. The film uses science based rules to explain what might happen and what might be the next chapter of the human story. The scientific facts that get repeated in the movie is the theory of relativity, space time, and gravity.
As the executive producer of the film, Thorne worked with the visual effect team of the film to create a wormhole, built from a mathematical model based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Along with the science based visual effects, the design of the movie is seeking to provide maximum realism. Nolan shot the film with limited digital effects to help the characters experience the real environment and deliver realistic performance. According to Nolan, shooting in front of a green screen is not as exciting as shooting in a real set.
The film is also a story about adapting, survival, love, and the relation between them. Matthew McConaughey’s performance is stunning. The range of emotion he exhibits from fear to anger to hope and discovery makes the movie even more believable. The audience goes on an emotional journey with the characters to understand the paradox of human nature of wanting to be with family but at the same time longing to explore, learn, discover, and achieve.
Christopher Nolan makes movies that must be seen on the big screen and one needs to take his/her brain with.