Interstellar: Inception Meets 2001: A Space Odyssey

Corwin Parks | November 17, 2014
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"With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars." - Interstellar Official Site

I would like to start by saying that Interstellar was not what I had anticipated going in. 

I thought the movie was good, but not as good as everyone is making it out to be. The acting and emotion portrayed between the characters could not have been more enjoyable. However I felt that it was somewhat lacking in the special effects department. Although Interstellar depict black holes properly, it was the only visually apealing shots in the film. The movie visually looked like a  higher budget 2001: A Space Odyssey. That said, they still could have made space look visually beautifule like the movie Gravity  did without the spins.  

If you have read another reviews of this film, you can easily see that it is a good film but it had inconsistancies, which to be honest, you wont even know or care about. What you can take away from this film is that  the acting is really good. Matthew McConaughey's performance was nothing short of stellar and he should win an ocar for this. The acting is so good that you probably wont focus on inconsistancies.

Interstellar can be looked at as Christopher Nolan’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Its not a reboot and should not be considered one, however, there are some similarities between the two. Some obvious similarities are the look of the space crafts same and how they interact with each other. Also look at the scene when Cooper (McConaughey) goes through the black hole and when Bowman touches the monolith and “evolves”, they look visably similar. Another scene that has some similarities is the 5th Dimension inside Gargantua (bookshelf dimension) and Bowman’s Room during his evolution and how each character is looking at time and the past. 

In space, there is no oxygen thus there is no sound. This was depicted first by Stanley Kubrick in 2001, and it has been depicted since then. So that can be irrelevant but look at the ships. Interstellar’s Endurance, the circular ship, looks very similar to 2001’s Space Station V look similar. Also the main ship and the ship you see towards the end when the crew lands on Mann’s planet are akin to the Moonbus and the Orion III from 2001. 

Aside from the similarities between the two films, I would like to talk about the problems I have with this film. As I’ve stated, these problems will not take away from the spectacle you will witness by watching the film, but yet I feel like they didn’t answer all of the questions.

Question One: If they go through the worm hole in the beginning and through it they reach the other planets as well as Gargantua the other black hole. How can Cooper go through it and end up back around Saturn? 

Question Two: What was up with Cooper’s dream about the crash in the beginning? 

Question Three: Why did the government ask NASA to drop bombs on the stosphere to kill people? Was there a population crisis that ultimatley rectified itself when people died off due to lack of food and recsources? What exactly happen to the Earth to cause such a crisis?

Question Four: When Cooper was in the Tesseract in the middle of the black hole aka the 5th dimension he eluded that man kind in the future created the wormhole to send him Gargantua to give Murph this data so she can finish Prof. Brand’s (Caine) equation ignored to get humanity to the new planet then does that mean this has already happened? If so, then why did the have to send Cooper though all of this if the future humans have already survived and are advanced enough to understand the gravity transcends time and space?



I guess this is just another Christopher Nolan movie that people wont understand. I recommend seeing the film. It was good watch and definitely worth seeing in IMAX even though its not in 3D. just remember the movie is long, and you will be entertained, you just will have no real clue what is going on and even after you wont really understand it. 


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