11:30 am - 05/27/2014

Understanding Christopher Nolan’s "Interstellar"

Warner Brothers studio recently released the first full trailer of Christopher Nolan's upcoming science fiction movie, Interstellar. Known mostly for the Batman trilogy, Nolan has directed many impressive flicks such as Following (1998), Insomnia (1998), and The Prestige (2006). Inception too was a box office success, but it doesn't qualify as a great sci-fi movie if you have already experienced the ambiguous ending of Solaris (2002) and shape shifting buildings in Alex Proyas' Dark City (1998).

Interstellar is set to release in November. The movie's central idea revolves around the space wormhole. Also known as an Einstein–Rosen bridge, a wormhole is a hypothetical phenomenon that connects two distant locations. Theoretically, it can be used as a shortcut to travel vast distance in space. The most common analogy to explain it involves an apple and worm. Imagine a worm chew a hole from one end of an apple, travel through its centre, and emerge from the other end. For us, it’s one wasted apple, but for science, he has managed to create a "shortcut" through the space.

In the movie, a wormhole gets discovered, and a team of scientists set on a voyage to explorer it. Matthew McConaughey (True Detective fame), is a part of the space travellers crew. The trailer doesn't reveal many details about the story, but you do get a glimpse of a wormhole. You can also spot that Nolan's spacecraft looks very similar to Stanley Kubrick's space station seen in 1968's science fiction movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'. There’s nothing wrong in copying that design, because Torus-shaped spacecrafts are meant to simulate Earth-like gravity with the help of circular motion.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the cryogenic pods (hibernation pods) in the movie sport a contemporary look rather than futuristic. For those not in the know, cryo-pod is a hypothetical equipment that can freeze and put a human being in hyper sleep. Such equipment has been featured in many sci-fi masterpieces such as Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979), Prometheus (2012), and Christian Alvart’s Panodorum (2009).

Interstellar's trailer definitely looks impressive. With visual-effects supervisor, Paul Franklin on board, you’re guaranteed to get splendid visuals. Paul has previously worked on the Batman trilogy and Inception. We can't wait for November to watch this flick. Whether or not Nolan will manage to handle this topic well remains to be seen. For instance, Danny Boyle's Sunshine (2007) starts off very well, but turns into a mindless slasher film in the third act. One thing is for sure though that Interstellar will at least generate some much-needed interest about the space exploration in youth. Before signing off, don't forget to watch the trailer embedded below.


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rhapsodeeinblue 27th-May-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
So excited for this movie ahhhhh.
alfendi 27th-May-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Nolan's spacecraft looks very similar to Stanley Kubrick's space station seen in 1968's science fiction movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'

To this day I'm still floored with how fucking beautiful 2001: A Space Odyssey was visually. I've honestly never found any spacecraft movie as visually pleasing as it.
threestories 27th-May-2014 01:49 am (UTC)
I remember how shocked I was when I found out how long ago that movie was made. The special effects still hold up so well even by today's standards.
purplevogue 27th-May-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
and it was made before the moon landing. amazing
jess_sayin 27th-May-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
same. I'm here for any kubrick inspiration.
ohprecioustime 27th-May-2014 01:49 am (UTC)
lmao that gif
sonadoras456 27th-May-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I don't think I'll be able to handle the movie if the score is amazing with the scenes of them traveling...UGH
omgitsalexis 27th-May-2014 03:02 am (UTC)
I've read this comment probably 53 times, is that a good thing or bad?
ex_nihilo 27th-May-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
I am so here for this movie. And damn if I don't get a bit misty-eyed with Michael Caine talking about pushing the limits of human possibility. Gets me every time.
pacificway 27th-May-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
I tend to like movies like this but we'll see.

squirrels_oh_no 27th-May-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
As much as I am looking forward to this, I see the word wormhole and immediately see Muppets. Thanks, Farscape.
campylobacter 27th-May-2014 04:36 am (UTC)
purplevogue 27th-May-2014 01:59 am (UTC)
it'll probably turn out like gravity: a beautiful film to watch, but a one dimensional story
zombieland 27th-May-2014 02:05 am (UTC)

I live for space epics, but they're rarely made...especially on a big budget scale like this. I hope it lives up to the hype.
thejoker 27th-May-2014 02:08 am (UTC)
I wish there were more space films :(
ms_cucumber 27th-May-2014 02:08 am (UTC)
Seems like it's going to be a bit hokey. Kind of like Deep Impact for the 21st century.
29feb 27th-May-2014 06:31 am (UTC)
o my gosh! Yesterday I was looking something up in ancient languages and liked your icon and now I see you here! Awesome lol

Your comment was from 9 years ago dun dun dun! http://linguaphiles.livejournal.com/1745463.html?thread=31611959#t31611959
ms_cucumber 27th-May-2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hi! Where does the time go?! :D
jess_sayin 27th-May-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
excited..I'm going to see this in that d-box thing at the theater and really experience this the way nolan intended. It will be the closest thing I get to space travel lol
omgitsalexis 27th-May-2014 03:03 am (UTC)
what d-box?
bitterblueb 27th-May-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Why bother to understand his convoluted plots tbh
maryhurt 27th-May-2014 02:12 am (UTC)
that gif is all kinds of awesome
anus 27th-May-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
I feel like I missed something with the trailer. Why exactly does a farmer need to abandon his children and go to space?
vikingsmn 27th-May-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
So his daughter can live and turn into Jessica Chastain.
Seriously though, I don't know.
gusfring 27th-May-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
hes an engineer not a farmer
anus 27th-May-2014 02:17 am (UTC)
Is he like the best one there is or something? I get that they need to find a way to solve their climate issues, but why do they need a single father to go? There wasn't a better option?
zombieland 27th-May-2014 02:19 am (UTC)
From what I can tell, he's more than a farmer. It seems that he specializes in something else (engineering and a pilot of some kind), but he probably became a farmer to grow food for his family. Whatever he was prior to farming has become irrelevant because the world is now in such disarray.
thejoker 27th-May-2014 02:18 am (UTC)
I wish this Irish Prince was in it, instead of being in Flopscendence
chikntetrazzini 27th-May-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I can't look at him the same now that I know he's not tall and sinewy like I always thought.
thejoker 27th-May-2014 02:49 am (UTC)
I know he's not tall but is he not sinewy? He's not Heath Ledger sinewy but he looks pretty lean to me. Maybe it's the tailored suits~

When I first discovered him - in Red Eye I think - I thought he was pretty tall, but then I saw Batman Begins and his lackeys were towering over him haha.
lisse_pitch13 27th-May-2014 02:51 am (UTC)
so much beauty
hypermuseic9 27th-May-2014 03:31 am (UTC)
I wish he was in more movies. His face is so stunning.
wauwy 27th-May-2014 04:04 am (UTC)
he is so damn beautiful
kanimaki 27th-May-2014 05:08 am (UTC)
YES. I couldn't even bring myself to watch Transcendence a second time (I usually watch his films multiple times). Why didn't he sign on for this instead :(
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