Interstellar (2014) Director: Christopher Nolan

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Interstellar is another complex epic, science fiction film from Christopher Nolan. Again, he wrote the screenplay together with his brother, Jonathan. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and others.

It takes place in a dystopian future where food and the prospect of future livelihood on planet earth for humans is grim. One former NASA astronaut has become a corn farmer. He begins to notice strange geometric patterns of dust in his home and that they are a binary code for the geographic location of NASA. There, he learns of a wormhole that has opened near Saturn that leads to distant worlds that may be habitable for the human race. He leads a ship through the wormhole and find the wreckage of the previous crew on an ocean planet, where time dilated so he has actually been gone for 23 years. Next they encounter a snow planet where a plot has been hatched to leave 5,000 frozen embryos on an inhabitable planet and never return home. He regains control of the ship and they use a slingshot maneuver to pass back through the event horizon and find themselves in the fourth dimension. He looks through the bookcases of his old house and transmits quantum data using a wristwatch. He is shot out of the fourth dimension and awakens on a space station outside Saturn. Humanity has been saved thanks to his quantum data provision, and he decides to visit his daughter on the new planet.



Interstellar is a mind-bending, reality jarring romp through space and time. While Nolan’s Inception explored the deep recesses of human psychology, Nolan’s Interstellar pushes the bounds of the human body into deep space and across time. 2001: A Space Odyssey plays a notable influence on the film. Interestingly, Interstellar was praised for its “scientific accuracy” by a slough of theoretical physicists. The visual effects and soundtrack are the two most powerful parts of this film.

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