By Umar Asad (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan)
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Nolan’s Magnum Opus

A masterpiece from a director whose reputation precedes him, Christopher Nolan has created a film comparable to James Cameron’s Titanic. Living to his expectations, the movie meets the demands of the audience with its few flaws alongside regarding wormholes and time travel. For the audience, it’s a visual spectacle of epic proportions.

Plot Synopsis

A product of his own ideas about time travel and script penned by Jonathan Nolan, the movie is set in the future where earth’s resources and food supplies are coming to an end. The Earth is on the verge of its death. NASA in this regard has built a space ship that will transport the humanity to a distant planet provided that the gravity issue is ironed out by Professor Brand (Michael Caine). Meanwhile pilot-turned-farmer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is played into leading a space exploration mission by passing a wormhole near planet Saturn leaving his family behind on Earth in hopes that a new planet is found soon. The movie portrays hostile environments shot in remote locations of earth. But for all intents and purposes, Interstellar aspires to remain an old school movie. It switches in different modes at the same time. Steven Spielberg aspired to direct Interstellar in 2006 but abandoned the project later.

Homage to 2001: A space Odyssey 2001

Tasked with the arduous mission of finding humans a new earth in the distant future, as earth nears its end, Interstellar sets off with ambitions, ideas, theories, drama and wondrous imagery blended masterfully. It feels like a response to 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 as certain scenes show a striking resemblance. The result is better as in the case of former which left audience confused and at a loss of explanation whilst the latter plays with some scientific concepts per se.

Similarities and Inspiration

The movie is apparently inspired from 2001: A space odyssey 1968 and Contact 1997 (featuring Matthew McConaughey again). The movie Contact 1997 is a fictional novel penned by Carl Sagan featuring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey, where the protagonist is longing for her father lost in space. Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne played a pivotal role in the story arc of the movie. In both movies, the constant is love, not time, space or gravity. In former, the protagonist investigates repeating sequences in white noise radiation while in latter, the protagonist solves Morse code to solve equation. In comparison, Gravity seemed lightweight in terms of storyline but exceeded expectations on the visual effects front. Hans Zimmer composed an eerily soft music mixing Dario Argento with church organ.

An Emotional Rollercoaster

Apart from the last scene in Memento 2000 and the cliff jumping scene in The Dark Knight Rises 2012, the movie hits home with touchy feely emotions of suffering, longing and misery. The most touching scene is that of Cooper waiting for takeoff as he thinks about his family.

Conclusion

Interstellar isn’t Christopher Nolan’s at his height, but it establishes him as one of the most qualitative directors of this era. His vision is on every frame and scene similar to that of Kubrick, Spielberg and Cameron.

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