Interstellar Quotes: Complex Metaphysical Escapism(Total Quotes: 133)
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Matthew McConaughey – Cooper
Jessica Chastain – Murph
Mackenzie Foy – Murph (10 Yrs.)
Ellen Burstyn – Murph (older)
Anne Hathaway – Brand
Andrew Borba – Smith
Wes Bentley – Doyle
William Devane – Williams
Michael Caine – Professor Brand
David Gyasi – Romilly
Josh Stewart – CASE (voice)
Casey Affleck – Tom
Timothée Chalamet – Tom (15 Yrs.)
John Lithgow – Donald
David Oyelowo – School Principal
Collette Wolfe – Ms. Hanley
Francis X. McCarthy – Boots
Bill Irwin – TARS (voice)
Leah Cairns – Lois
Liam Dickinson – Coop
Topher Grace – Getty
Matt Damon – Dr. Mann
Flora Nolan – Girl on Truck
Griffen Fraser – Boy on Truck
Jeff Hephner – Doctor
Lena Georgas – Nurse Practitioner
OUR REVIEW & RATING ★★★½
As with most of Christopher Nolan movies, Interstellar quotes raise more questions than provide answers. The story is complicated and complex inspired by the theories of Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne, it is set in the not too distant future where Earth has been ravaged by an environmental disaster known as the Blight forcing humanity to focus on basic survival. The film concentrates on former NASA pilot Cooper, who is a widowed father of two and is now a corn farmer. But when Cooper is seemingly accidentally reunited with an old colleague, Professor Brand, he is offered the chance to help save humanity by leaving his family behind and setting out on an uncertain journey into space to find a new planet for humans to inhabit.
The heart of the story is the relationship of Cooper and his daughter, Murphy and surrounding this Nolan’s epic scale odyssey to space and time. At its best the film is full of unforgettable wonders and complexities of intergalactic space travel and theoretical physics but what lets it down is the coldness of the drama and the lack of focus in its narrative. With regard to the cast, McConaughey manages to keep his character engaging and likable with the rest of the supporting cast providing a proficient turn in their respective roles, but other than Mackenzie Foy as young Murphy, no one really stands out.
Verdict: As one would expect from a Nolan film, this is a highly imaginative and visionary film, but it is flawed and convoluted making it more of a highly engaging mess. Interstellar is indeed a multifaceted undertaking which is worth repeat views to be fully appreciated.
[first lines; An old woman, Murph, addresses the camera as if being interviewed]
Older Murph: My dad was a farmer. Um…like everybody else back then. Of course he didn’t start that way.
[we see flash back of Murph’s father, Cooper, having problems whilst flying his aircraft]
Control Tower: The computer says you’re too tight.
Cooper: No, I got this!
Control Tower: Crossing the Straits. I’ve got to shut it down, Cooper.
Control Tower: Shutting it all down…
Cooper: Hey, we do not have to shut down anything! Hey!
[the aircraft looks like it’s about to crash when Cooper is woken up from his nightmare by young Murph]
Young Murph: Dad?
Cooper: Sorry, Murph. Go back to bed, babe.
Young Murph: I thought you were the ghost.
Cooper: There’s no such thing as a ghost, babe.
Young Murph: Grandpa says that you can get ghosts.
Cooper: No, babe, that’s because grandpa’s a little too close to being one himself. Go back to bed.
Young Murph: Were you dreaming about the crash?
Cooper: Get your butt back in bed, Murph.
[Murph turns and leaves, Cooper gets out of bed, goes over to the window and looks out at the bleak landscape containing corn fields]
Older Murph: The wheat had died. The blight came and we had to burn it. And we still had corn, we had acres of corn. But, uh…mostly we had dust.
[we see different people being interviewed]
Elderly Woman #1: I guess I can’t describe it, it was just constant. Just that, steady blow of dirt.
Elderly Woman #2: We wore, um…little strips of sheet with sometimes over our nose and mouths, so we wouldn’t breathe so much of it.
Elderly Man: Well when we’d set the table we always set the plate upside down. Glasses or cups, whatever it was, upside down.
[Cooper’s father in-law, Donald, is in the kitchen setting the table and preparing breakfast]
Donald: Shake a leg. Murph, get your move on!
Cooper: One o’clock today, you and me in the barn, Herbicide Resistance, one on one, check?
Young Tom: Yes, sir.
[young Murph sits at the table, bringing a piece of Cooper’s craft to the table]
Donald: Not at the table, Murph.
Young Murph: Dad, can you fix this?
Cooper: What the heck did you do to my lander?
Young Murph: It wasn’t me.
Young Tom: Let me guess, it was your ghost.
Young Murph: It knocked it off my shelf. It also knocks the books off.
Young Tom: There’s no such thing as ghosts dumbass.
Young Murph: I looked it up, it’s called a poltergeist.
Young Tom: Dad, tell her.
[referring to the piece of his aircraft Murphy has modified]
Cooper: Well, that’s not very scientific, Murph.
Young Murph: You said that science was about admitting what we don’t know.
Donald: She’s got you there.
Cooper: Hey, start looking after all our stuff.
[Murph looks upset]
[Coopers sits next to Murph]
Cooper: Alright, Murph, you wanna talk science? Don’t just tell me that you’re afraid of some ghost. Alright? You gotta go further. You have to record the facts, analyze, get to the how and the why and present your conclusions. Deal?
Young Murph: Deal.
[Coop gets up and turns to leave]
Cooper: Have a good day at school.
Donald: Hold up. Parent-teacher conferences, parent, not grandparent.
[Tom honks the horn on Cooper’s truck as walks out of the house]
Cooper: Slow down turbo.
[to Donald, pointing to the cloud of smoke in the distance]
Cooper: That’s not a dust storm.
Donald: Nelson’s torching his whole crop.
Donald: They’re saying it’s the last harvest for okra. Ever.
Cooper: He should have planted corn like the rest of us.
[Cooper gets into his car with Murph and Tom sat next to him]
Donald: Now you be nice to that Miss Hanley. She’s single.
Cooper: Well what’s that supposed to mean?
Donald: Repopulating the Earth. Start pulling your weight, young man.
Cooper: Why don’t you start minding your own business? Old man.
[Cooper drives off]
[as he’s driving]
Cooper: Alright, Murph, give me a second.
[Murph changes the gear to second]
Cooper: A-ha. Third.
[Murph tries to change the gear to third but it gets stuck]
Young Tom: Find a gear, dumbass.
Cooper: Grind it!
Young Murph: Shut it, Tom!
[suddenly the truck gets a flat tire]
Young Tom: Whatcha do, Murph?
Cooper: Ah, she didn’t do nothing. Blew a tire is all.
Young Tom: Murphy’s Law.
Young Murph: Shut up!
[Cooper stops the truck]
Cooper: Grab the spare, Tom.
Young Tom: That is the spare.
[Cooper gets out of the truck and goes to check the flat tire; to Tom]
Cooper: Get the patch kit.
Young Tom: How am I supposed to patch it out here?
Cooper: You’ll have to figure it out. I’m not always gonna be here to help you.
[as Tom goes about to fix the tire Cooper goes over to stand next to Murph]
Cooper: What’s goin’ on, Murph?
Young Murph: Why did you and mom name me after something that’s bad?
Cooper: Well, we didn’t?
Young Murph: Murphy’s Law?
Cooper: Murphy’s Law doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. What it means is whatever can happen, will happen. And that sounded just fine with us.
[just then a drone flies overhead nearly hitting Cooper in the head]
Cooper: Get in!
Cooper: Get in, let’s go.
[Cooper gets into the truck]
Young Tom: What about the flat tire?
[Cooper drives the truck off with the flat tire chasing after the drone]
[Cooper chases after the drone]
[he drives through a corn field as he chases it]
Cooper: It is an Indian Air Force drone, solar cells could power an entire farm. Take the wheel, Tom.
[he changes seats with Tom as he takes over driving]
Cooper: Go, go, go!
[Cooper takes out his computer and hands a device over to Murph]
Cooper: Keep it pointed at that.
[he turns on his computer]
Cooper: Faster, Tom, we’re losing it.
Young Tom: Yes.
Cooper: Point right at it.
[Cooper goes back to looking at his computer]
Cooper: Hang on. Here we go, here we go.
[as Tom follows the drone they narrowly miss hitting a farmer’s truck]
Young Tom: Woh!
Cooper: Nice driving, Tom.
[they continue to chase after the drone]
Young Tom: Dad?
[Cooper doesn’t look up from his computer]
Cooper: Almost got it. Don’t stop, don’t stop!
[the drone heads toward the edge of a hill near a lake]
Young Tom: Dad?!
[Cooper looks up and notices they are going towards the edge of the hill]
[Tom manages to stop the truck just at the edge of the hill]
What? You told me to keep driving.
Cooper: Well I guess that answers the old “if I ask you to drive off a cliff” scenario.
[they get out of the truck]
Young Murph: We lost it.
Cooper: No, we didn’t.
[just then the drone flies past them and we see Cooper is using his computer to control the drone, turning to fly back towards them]
Cooper: Wanna give it a whirl?
[he takes Murph’s hand and guides it to the computer to control the drone]
[he lets her hand go so she can control the drone by herself]
Cooper: Let’s land it down there, right at the edge of the reservoir.
[Murph smoothly lands the drone]
Cooper: Nicely done.
[they walk over to the drone]
Young Tom: How long do you think it’s been up there?
Cooper: The Delhi Mission Control went down same as ours, ten years ago.
Young Tom: So for ten years?
[Cooper touches the surface of the drone]
Young Tom: Why did it come down so low?
Cooper: I don’t know. Maybe the sun cooked it’s brain or it was looking for something.
Young Murph: What?
Cooper: Give me that large flat blade.
Cooper: Maybe some kind of signal. I don’t know.
[Cooper opens up the side of the drone]
Young Murph: What are you gonna do with it?
Cooper: I’m gonna give it something socially responsible to do, like drive a combine.
Young Murph: Can’t we just let it go? It wasn’t hurting anybody.
Cooper: Listen, this thing needs to learn how to adapt, Murph, like the rest of us.
[Cooper parks up in front of the kids school]
Cooper: So how’s this work? Do you guys come with?
Young Tom: I’ve got class.
[referring to Murph]
Young Tom: This one, needs to wait.
Cooper: What did you do?
Young Murph: They’ll tell you about it when you get in there.
Cooper: Well, am I gonna be mad?
Young Murph: Not with me.
[we see Murph drawing lines in her notebook]
Young Murph: Just please, try not to.
Cooper: Hey, relax. I got this.
[Cooper gets out of the truck]
[Cooper knocks and enters the school principal’s office]
School Principal: You’re late, Coop.
Cooper: Yeah, we had a flat.
[the principal notices the drone in Cooper’s truck parked outside]
School Principal: And I guess you had to stop off at the Asian fighter plane store.
Cooper: No actually sir, that’s a…that’s a surveillance drone. With outstanding solar cells, it’s Indian.
School Principal: Take a seat.
[they all sit at the table]
School Principal: So, uh…we got Tom’s scores back. He’s gonna make an excellent farmer.
Cooper: Yeah, he’s got a knack for it. What about college?
School Principal: Well, the uh…the university only takes a handful. They don’t really have the resources…
Cooper: I still pay my taxes. Where…where does that money go? There’s no more armies.
School Principal: Well, they don’t go to the university. Look, Coop, you have to be realistic.
Cooper: You’re ruling my son out for college now? The kid’s fifteen.
School Principal: Tom’s score simply isn’t high enough.
Cooper: What’s your waistline? You’re what? Thirty-two, about thirty-three inseam?
School Principal: I’m not sure I see where you’re getting at.
Cooper: You’re telling me it takes two numbers to measure your own ass but only one to measure my son’s future?
School Principal: Come on, you’re a well educated man, Coop, and a trained pilot.
Cooper: And an engineer.
School Principal: Okay, well right now, we don’t need more engineers. We didn’t run out of television screens or planes; we ran out of food. The world needs farmers. Good farmers, like you, and Tom.
Cooper: Uneducated farmers.
School Principal: We are a caretaker generation, Coop. And things are getting better. Maybe your grandkids will get to be…
Cooper: Are we done here, sir?
School Principal: No. Miss Hanley is here to talk about Murph.
Ms. Hanley: Murph is a great kid, she’s really bright. But she’s been having a little trouble lately. She brought this in to show the other students, the section on the lunar landings.
[Hanley hands over a textbook to Cooper]
Cooper: Yeah, it’s one of my old textbooks. She always loved the pictures.
Ms. Hanley: It’s an old federal textbook, we’ve replaced them with the corrected versions.
Ms. Hanley: Explaining how the Apollo missions were faked to bankrupt the Soviet Union.
Cooper: You don’t believe we went to the Moon?
Ms. Hanley: I believe it was a brilliant piece of propaganda that the Soviets bankrupted themselves pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines.
Cooper: Useless machines?
Ms. Hanley: And if we don’t want a repeat of the excess and wastefulness of the 20th century then we need to teach our kids about this planet, not tales of leaving it.
Cooper: You know one of those useless machines they used to make was called an MRI. And if we had any of those left, the doctors would’ve been able to find the cyst in my wife’s brain before she died instead of afterwards. And then she would have been the one sitting here listening to this instead of me which would’ve been a good thing because she was always the…the calmer one.
Ms. Hanley: I’m sorry about your wife, Mr. Cooper. But Murph got into a fistfight with several of her classmates over this Apollo nonsense. So we thought it would be best to bring you in and see what ideas you might have for dealing with her behavior on the home front.
Cooper: Alright. Yeah, you know what? Um…there’s a game tomorrow night. She’s going through a bit of a baseball phase, her favorite team is playing. There’s gonna be candy and soda…I think I’ll take her to that.
[Cooper whistles as he walks back to his truck]
Young Murph: How did it go?
Cooper: I got you suspended.
Young Murph: What?!
[just then they are interrupted by the radio]
[Cooper answers via the radio]
Cooper: This is Cooper, go.
Boots: Coop, those combines you rebuilt went haywire.
Cooper: Alright, just reset the controllers.
Boots: I did that, but you should come take a look.
[Cooper drives home and finds a bunch of tractors have headed over to his house by themselves]
Boots: One by one they just teared off the fields and headed over. Something’s interfering with the compass. Magnetism, or somethin’ such.
[Cooper looks around then enters the house with Murph, they hear something fall upstairs, they walk upstairs and enter Murph’s room, Cooper goes over to the bookcase and notices the fallen books on the floor]
Young Murph: There’s nothing special about which book. I’ve been working on it, like you said. I counted the spaces.
Young Murph: In case the ghost is trying to communicate. I’m trying Morse.
Young Murph: Yeah, dots and dashes. It’s…
Cooper: Yeah, I know what Morse code is, Murph. I just don’t think your bookshelf is trying to talk to you.
[Cooper walks out of the room]
[later that night after getting the truck’s moved and joins Donald on the porch]
Cooper: I had to reset every compass clock and GPS to offset off the anomaly.
Donald: Which is?
Cooper: I don’t know. Now if the house had been built on magnetic ore we would have seen this the first time we switched on the tractor.
Donald: I hear your meeting at the school didn’t go so well.
Cooper: You heard? You know, it’s like we’ve forgotten who we are, Donald. Explorers, pioneers, not caretakers.
Donald: When I was a kid, it felt like they made something new every day. Some gadget or idea. Like every day was Christmas. By six billion people, just try to imagine that. And every last one of them trying to have it all. This world isn’t so bad. And Tom will do just fine. You’re the one who doesn’t belong. Born forty years too late or forty years too early. My daughter knew it, God bless her. And your kids know it, especially Murph.
Cooper: Well, we used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.
Donald: Cooper, you were good at something and you never got a chance to do anything with it. I’m sorry.
[we’re back to the interviews]
Elderly Woman #1: You didn’t expect this dirt that was giving you this food to turn on you like that and destroy you.
Elderly Man #1: In April, I believe if I’m right, 15th of April I, I think.
Elderly Man #2: This just happened at about 1:30 when that thing came off the top of the canyon.
[we then see the family at a baseball game]
Donald: In my day we had real ball players. Who’re these bums?
Cooper: Well in my day, people were too busy fighting over food to even play baseball.
Donald: Popcorn at a ball game is unnatural. I want a hot dog.
Cooper: School says you’re gonna follow in my footstep. I think that’s great.
Young Tom: You think that’s great?
Young Murph: You hate farming, dad. Grandpa said.
Cooper: Grandpa said, huh?
Cooper: Listen, all that matters is how you feel about it.
Young Tom: I like what you do. I like our farm.
Cooper: And you’re gonna be great at it.
[just then the crowd sees a huge dust storm is approaching and an alarm goes off]
Cooper: Let’s get outta here.
[Cooper drives the family home as the dust storm approaches from behind them]
Cooper: Alright, it’s a doozy. Alright, gang, lets mask up.
[Donald hands everyone a mask]
Cooper: Tom, Murph?
Young Tom: Check.
[as the dust storm hits them Cooper drives them home and enter the house]
Cooper: Murph, Tom, you guys shut your windows?
[Murph realizes the window in her room is open and rushes to close it]
[Cooper follows Murph to her room and closes her window, then as Cooper turns he notices on the floor are thick and thin parallel lines of dust]
Young Murph: The ghost.
Cooper: Grab your pillow, you’re sleeping with Tom.
[Murph grabs her pillow and leaves the room]
[the next morning Murph finds Cooper still sat inside her room analyzing the lines of dirt]
Cooper: It’s not a ghost.
[he throws a coin and in lands in the middle of one of the dirt lines]
Cooper: It’s gravity.
[Donald comes up behind them]
Donald: I’m dropping Tom, then heading into town. You wanna clean that up? When you’ve finished praying to it.
[Cooper takes Murph’s notebook where she’s recorded the activities in Morse; Murph enters her room again to find Cooper still studying her data]
Cooper: It’s not Morse, Murph, it’s binary. Thick is one, thin is zero. Coordinates.
[they get out the map and find the location from the coordinates]
Cooper: That’s it.
[Cooper walks over to his truck as he prepares to leave to find the location found on the map]
Young Murph: I can’t miss this.
Cooper: Grandpa will be back in a couple of hours, Murph.
Young Murph: But you don’t know what you’re gonna find.
Cooper: And that, is why I can’t take you.
[Cooper enters the house to pick up some items before setting off for his trip]
[Murph doesn’t reply]
Cooper: Grandpa will be home in a while, tell him I’ll call him on the radio.
[as Cooper drives off he goes to retrieve something from the passenger seat and pulls the blanket away to find Murph stowed away under it]
Cooper: Jesus! What are you doing?
Cooper: Oh, do you think it’s funny? Huh?
Young Murph: You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for me.
Cooper: Make yourself useful.
[later that night Cooper arrives at the facility that the coordinates lead them to]
Cooper: Hey, Murph. Murph.
Cooper: I think this is the end of the road.
[Murph looks at the fence gates]
Young Murph: Didn’t you bring the bolt cutters?
Cooper: That’s my girl.
[Cooper gets the bolt cutters and as he steps up to the gates to use them suddenly flash lights are turned on him and he is apprehended by a robot, TARS]
TARS: Step away from the fence!
Cooper: Don’t shoot, don’t shoot! I’m unarmed. My daughter is in the car.
[TARS goes over to Murph, who’s still sat in the truck]
TARS: Don’t be afraid.
[inside the facility Cooper is interrogated by TARS]
TARS: How did you find this place?
Cooper: Where’s my daughter?
TARS: You had the coordinates for this facility marked on your map. Where did you get those coordinates?
Cooper: Where is my daughter?!
TARS: Don’t make me take you down again, sit down!
Cooper: Oh, do you still think you’re a Marine, pal? Marines don’t exist. And you know what? I’ve got grunts like you mowing my grass.
TARS: Where did you find those coordinates?
Cooper: Unless you wanna end up as my second lawnmower…no, I think I’ll turn you into a valve of a vacuum cleaner.
Brand: No, you won’t.
[Dr. Amelia Brand enters the room]
Brand: TARS, back down, please.
[TARS stars backing away]
Cooper: You know, you’re taking a risk using ex-military security. They are old and their control units are unpredictable.
Brand: It’s what the government could spare.
Cooper: Who are you?
Brand: Dr. Brand.
Cooper: Yeah, I knew a Dr. Brand once, he was a Professor.
Brand: What makes you think I’m not?
Cooper: Wasn’t near as cute either.
[Brand turns to walk away]
Cooper: Please, Dr. Brand, I don’t have any idea what this is. But I’m scared for my daughter and I want her by my side. You give me that and I’ll tell you anything you want to know.
[Brand turns and speaks quietly to TARS]
Brand: Take the professor and the girl to the conference room.
[Brand turns to Cooper]
Brand: Your daughter is fine. Bright kid. Must have a very smart mother.
[Brand leads Cooper down a hallway]
Cooper: It’s pretty clear you don’t want any visitors. Why don’t you just let us back up from your fence and we’ll be on our way, huh?
Brand: It’s not that simple.
Cooper: Well, sure it is. Look, I don’t know anything about you. I don’t know anything about this place.
Brand: Yes, you do.
[Brand opens the door to a room where a meeting is taking place, Murph is sitting among the group]
Young Murph: Dad!
[Murph rushes over to Cooper who takes her into his arms and holds her]
Professor Brand: Hello, Cooper.
Cooper: Professor Brand.
[the Professor nods his head]
[Cooper joins the group at their meeting table holding Murph]
Williams: Explain to me how you found this facility.
Cooper: Kind of accidentally stumbled upon it. We were on a salvage run and we came across…
Williams: You’re sitting in the best kept secret in the world. Nobody stumbles in here, nobody stumbles out.
Professor Brand: Cooper, please, cooperate with these people.
Cooper: Look, it’s kind of hard to explain. Now, we…we learnt these coordinates from an anomaly.
Doyle: What sort of anomaly?
Cooper: Well, I hesitate to term it supernatural, but it damn well wasn’t scientific…
Williams: You’re gonna have to be specific, Mr. Cooper, right now.
Young Murph: It was gravity.
[Doyle and Brand look at each other and Brand smiles]
Doyle: Um, well, what sort of gravitational an…where was this thing?
Cooper: You know, I’m real happy that you’re excited about gravity, bud, but you’re not getting any answers from us until I get assurances.
[Cooper puts his hands over Murph’s ears]
Cooper: Like that we’re getting out of here, and I don’t mean in the trunk of some car.
[Brand, Doyle and the Professor start laughing]
Professor Brand: Don’t you know who we are, Coop?
Cooper: No, Professor, I don’t.
Brand: You know my father Professor Brand. We’re NASA.
Professor Brand: NASA. The same NASA you flew for.
[the Professor presses a button which pulls the back wall aside to reveal a spacecraft being worked on]
Cooper: I heard they shut you down, sir, for refusing to drop bombs from the stratosphere on the starving people.
Professor Brand: Well when they realized that killing other people was not a long term solution, then they needed us back, in secret.
[the Professor starts showing Cooper around the facility]
Cooper: Why secret?
Professor Brand: Because public opinion wouldn’t allow spending on space exploration. Not when you’re struggling to put food on the table. Blight. Wheat, seven years ago. Okra, this year. Now, there’s just corn.
Cooper: Well we’re growing more than we ever had.
Professor Brand: But like the potatoes in Ireland and the wheat in the dust bowl, the corn will die. Soon.
[the Professor shows Cooper a lab where a scientist is testing on dead corn]
Cooper: We’ll find a way, Professor, we always have.
Professor Brand: Driven by the unshakable faith that the Earth is ours?
Cooper: Well not just ours, no. But it is our home.
Professor Brand: Earth’s atmosphere is eighty percent nitrogen. We don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen. The last people to starve, will be the first to suffocate. And your daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on Earth.
[Brand and Murph join them]
Brand: Murph is feeling a little tired and was wondering if she could take a nap in my office?
Cooper: Yeah, thank you.
[Brand leads Murph away, Coopers turns to the Professor]
Cooper: Alright. Now you need to tell me what your plan is to save the world?
Professor Brand: We’re not meant to save the world. We’re meant to leave it.
[Cooper looks up at the spacecraft]
Professor Brand: The last components of our one versatile ship in orbit; The Endurance. Our final expedition.
Cooper: You sent people out there looking for a new home?
Professor Brand: The Lazarus missions.
Cooper: That sounds cheerful.
Professor Brand: Lazarus came back from the dead.
Cooper: Sure, but he had to die in the first place. There’s not a planet in our solar system that could sustain life and the nearest star is over a thousand years away. I mean, it doesn’t even qualify as futile. Where did you send them?
Professor Brand: Cooper, I can’t tell you any more unless you agree to pilot this craft. You’re the best pilot we ever had.
Cooper: I barely left the stratosphere.
Professor Brand: This team never left the simulator.
Professor Brand: We need a pilot, and this is the mission that you were trained for.
Cooper: What, without even knowing it? An hour ago you didn’t even know I was alive, and you…you were going anyway.
Professor Brand: We had no choice. But something sent you here, they chose you.
Cooper: Who’s “they”?
[the Professor doesn’t reply]
Cooper: How long would I be gone?
Professor Brand: Hard to know. Years.
Cooper: I’ve got kids, Professor.
Professor Brand: Get out there and save them.
Cooper: Who’s “they”?
[the Professor and Cooper are back in the meeting room]
Romilly: We started detecting gravitational anomalies almost fifty years ago. Mostly small distortions to our instruments in the upper atmosphere. In fact I believe you encountered one yourself.
Cooper: Yeah, in the Straits. My crash, something tripped my fly-by-wire.
Romilly: Exactly. But of all these anomalies, the most significant is this.
[he shows them an image of Saturn surrounded by a wormhole on the large screen]
Romilly: Out near Saturn, a disturbance of space-time.
Cooper: Is that a wormhole?
Romilly: It appeared forty-eight years ago.
Cooper: And it leads, where?
Professor Brand: Another galaxy.
Cooper: A wormhole is not a naturally occurring phenomenon.
Brand: Someone placed it there.
Brand: Mm. And whoever they are, they appear to be looking out for us. That wormhole lets us travel to other stars. It came right as when we needed it.
Doyle: They’ve put potentially habitable worlds right within our reach. Twelve, in fact from our initial probes.
Cooper: You sent probes into that?
Professor Brand: We sent people into it, ten years ago.
Cooper: The Lazarus missions.
Professor Brand: Twelve possible worlds, twelve Ranger launches carrying the bravest humans ever to live. Led by the remarkable Dr. Mann.
Doyle: Each person’s landing pod had enough life support for two years. But they can use hibernation to stretch that making observations on organics over a decade or more. Their mission was to assess their world and if it showed potential, then they could send out a signal and bed down for the long nap, wait to be rescued.
Cooper: And what if the world didn’t show promise?
Doyle: Hence the bravery.
Cooper: You don’t have the resources to visit all twelve.
Doyle: No. Data transmission back through the wormhole is rudimentary. Simple binary pings on an annual basis give us some clue as to which worlds have potential. And one system shows promise.
Cooper: Well one, that’s a bit of a long shot isn’t it?
Brand: One system with three potential worlds? Not a long shot.
Cooper: Okay. So if we find a home, then what?
Professor Brand: That’s the long shot. There is a plan A, and a plan B. Did you notice anything strange about the launch chamber?
[the Professor takes back to the spacecraft to show Cooper again]
Cooper: This entire facility is a centrifuge. Some kind of vehicle? A space station?
Professor Brand: Both. Plan A.
Cooper: How do you get it off the ground?
Professor Brand: The first gravitational anomalies changed everything. Suddenly we knew that harnessing gravity was real. So I started working on a theory and we started building this station.
Cooper: But you haven’t solved it yet.
Brand: That’s why there’s plan B.
[Cooper is taken to a lab]
Brand: The problem is gravity. How to get a viable amount of human life off the planet? This is one way. Plan B: Population bomb. Over five thousand fertilized eggs weighing in at just under nine hundred kilos.
Cooper: Well how would you raise ’em?
Brand: With the equipment onboard we incubate the first ten. After that, with surrogacy the growth becomes exponential.
[Brand takes one of the embryo vials out]
Brand: Within thirty years we could have a colony of hundreds. The real difficulty with colonization is genetic diversity.
[referring to the vial]
Brand: This takes care of that.
Cooper: Yeah, but what about the people here? You just, you’d give up on ’em? My kids?
Professor Brand: That’s why Plan A is a lot more fun.
[the Professor takes Cooper back to his office and show him the equation he’s working on]
Cooper: How far have you got?
Professor Brand: Almost there.
Cooper: You’re asking me to hang everything on an “almost”.
Professor Brand: I’m asking you to trust me. Find us a new home, and by the time you return, I would’ve solved the problem of gravity. I give you my word.
[as Cooper and Murph return home, an angry looking Murph storms up to her room, Cooper knocks on her door]
Young Murph: Go away!
[Cooper tries to open the door but Murph has blocked it with some furniture]
Young Murph: Go! If you’re leaving just go!
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