“Interstellar” takes us further than the edges of our seats


Claire Bentley, Arts & Trends Editor

In “Interstellar,” directed by Christopher Nolan, you won’t many characters with cell phones, even though there are artificial intelligent robots. Better yet, it’s mentioned that schools are teaching kids that the NASA moon landing in 1969 was faked. It’s the little things that make “Interstellar” more than the average science fiction film.

The story follows Earth in an unspecified future, where life as we know it is failing. The populace has reverted to an agrarian society; cultivating crops has become most important over the production of technology, and the premier idea is to find a new planet outside of our galaxy for Earth’s population to inhabit.

The movie stimulates the senses to every inch – a gripping, cinematic soundtrack by the legendary Hans Zimmer, who has composed scores for other Christopher Nolan films like “the Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception,” and enthralls its’ audience with truly realistic visual effects of outer space and planets so far away that we cannot even fathom.

The most enigmatic entity of all that’s present throughout the movie is a wormhole, which is a passage in space-time that connects separated parts of the universe, and is how main characters hope to find another habitable planet.

Not only does “Interstellar” challenge every belief of science and nature; how far and how deep we can manage to go and discern the possible from the impossible, but it’s also the story of a father who must leave his children to save humanity.
On one hand it’s enough to give anybody an existential crisis, but it’s fine when sitting in front of a large movie screen and immersing oneself in the faraway corners of space and time dimensions.

Christopher Nolan gives us a journey far out of our world, literally. Not only does “Interstellar” entertain us, but it gives us a silent, open-mouthed awe that keeps us in shock as we walk out of the movie theater – and better yet, who knows what we can discover in real life.